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Volume 29, Number 5 May 2019 Home | CBW Index

Table of Contents

Reviewer's Choice Cookbook Shelf Pets/Wildlife Shelf
Biography Shelf American History Shelf Fiction Shelf
Mystery/Suspense Shelf Fantasy/SciFi Shelf Christian Shelf
Judaic Shelf Folktale/Fairytale Shelf Board Book Shelf
Picturebook Shelf Bilingual Shelf Science Shelf
Activity Shelf Graphic Novel Shelf Audiobook Shelf
Music CD Shelf Poetry Shelf Crafts Shelf
Political Science Shelf Books in Series Story Monsters Ink Shelf


Reviewer's Choice


The Adventures of Laila and Ahmed in Syria
Nushin Aloo, author
Shadia Kassem, illustrator
Beauty Beneath the Rubble
9780692110942, $29.99, HC, 60pp, www.amazon.com

The collaborative project of author Nushin Aloo and illustrator Shadia Kassem, "The Adventures of Laila and Ahmed in Syria" is the first book in an upcoming children's series focused on countries Americans tend to associate with conflict. The tale of two curious children who find themselves exploring the beautiful landscapes and landmarks of pre-war Syria, "The Adventures of Laila and Ahmed in Syria" is fully engaging, original, thoughtful, entertaining, and deftly scripted for children ages 5-12. Although it is about Syria today, "The Adventures of Laila and Ahmed in Syria" isn't a story of war or violence. Rather, it's a love story dedicated to Syria, written and illustrated to pay tribute to the heritage and humanity that is so often missing from the popular narrative about conflict-stricken countries. While very highly recommended for family, elementary school, and community library collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "The Adventures of Laila and Ahmed in Syria" is also available in a paperback edition (9780578462264, $20.00) as well as in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.99).

Dumpster Dog!
Colas Gutman, author
Marc Boutavant, illustrator
Claudia Bedrick and Allison M. Charette, translators
Enchanted Lion Books
67 West Street, Studio 317A, Brooklyn, New York, NY 11222
9781592702350, $14.95, HC, 64pp, www.amazon.com

Dumpster Dog dreams of treats, balls, and leashes. He wants someone to play with, someone who will take him on long walks, someone who will feed him -- he wants an owner. So begins Dumpster Dog's search for a human companion. But he will soon learn that finding a good owner isn't as easy as it sounds, and that the world can be a dangerous place! The collaborative work of author Colas Gutman and illustrator Marc Boutavant, this Enchanted Lion Books edition of "Dumpster Dog!" that is translated from the original French into English by Claudia Bedrick and Allison M. Charette is an ideal, entertaining, and unreservedly recommended addition to family, daycare center, preschool, kindergarten, and community library collections for children ages 2-5. It should be noted for personal reading lists that "Dumpster Dog!" is also available in a paperback edition (9781592702527, $8.95).

Is 2 a Lot: An Adventure With Numbers
Annie Watson, author
Rebecca Evans, illustrator
Tilbury House Publishers
www.tilburyhouse.com
9780884487159, $17.95, HC, 32pp, www.amazon.com

While Joey's mom explains the context of numbers in vivid ways, Joey's imagination transforms their ordinary car ride into a magical odyssey through a land of make-believe. "Is 2 a Lot: An Adventure With Numbers" is a wonderfully charming and authentic exchange between mother and child. Annie Watson's original story makes numbers tangible, and Rebecca Evans's deftly crafted illustrations bring them to life in full color. Also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $11.68), "Is 2 a Lot: An Adventure With Numbers" is very highly recommended, especially for family, daycare center, preschool, elementary school, and community library collections.

Jocelyn's Box of Socks
Kristen L. Jackson, author
Tino Santanach, illustrator
Schiffer Publishing Ltd.
4880 Lower Valley Road, Atglen, PA 19310
www.schifferbooks.com
9780764356933, $16.99, HC, 48pp, www.amazon.com

Jocelyn is a lively little girl who loves socks. She wears them everywhere -- even in the bathtub! When a box of socks depicting different emotions arrives in the mail from her grandparents, she is ecstatic. After tearing open the package, she decides to wear a different pair of socks for when she's happy, when she's sad, and everything in between. Jocelyn soon discovers that her beloved new socks are not as exciting as they seem and are weighing her down. Can she learn how to manage her feelings and mix and match her socks to fit her every mood? Complete with a teacher's guide ideal for parents and educators, "Jocelyn's Box of Socks" is a unique and extraordinary and thoroughly entertaining picture book with a deftly crafted underlying message for children ages 5-6 and will prove to be an immediately welcome and enduringly popular addition to family, elementary school, and community library collections.


The Cookbook Shelf

20 Recipes Kids Should Know
Recipes and text by Esme Washburn
Photographs by Calista Washburn
Prestel Publishing
900 Broadway, Suite 603, New York, NY 10003
www.prestel.com
9783791385075 $16.95 amazon.com

20 Recipes Kids Should Know is a cookbook in picturebook format, featuring basic dishes that young adults can readily learn to prepare. Recipes assembled by Esme Washburn (age 12) are straightforward, easy-to-follow, and illustrated with striking color photographs by Calista Washburn (age 17). From "Classic Cheese Omelet" to "Creamiest Mac and Cheese", "Green Salad with Delicious Dijon Dressing", "Perfect Pizza", "Crispy Roasted Vegetables", "Super Strawberry Shortcake", and more, 20 Recipes Kids Should Know is an excellent starter cookbook for budding young chefs, highly recommended for gift-giving as well as school and public library children's collections.


The Pets/Wildlife Shelf

At Home with the Beaver
Dorothy Hinshaw Patent, author
Michael Runtz, photography
Web of Life Children's Books
www.weboflifebooks.com
9781970039009 $17.95 amazon.com

At Home with the Beaver: The Story of a Keystone Species is a nonfiction children's picturebook about much more than beavers. At Home with the Beaver examines how the beaver's dam creates a pond habitat that a multitude of other plants and animals depend on for survival, especially those that need still water instead of rapidly flowing water. From frogs to ducks to plants, fish, snakes, and even fierce predators, all sorts of different living things are connected through the "keystone", dam-building beaver. Captivating, full-color photography of wildlife in its natural habitat distinguishes this treasure for school and public library picturebook collections.

A Book About Whales
Andrea Antinori
Abrams Books for Young Readers
www.abramsyoungreaders.com
9781419735028 $16.99 amazon.com

A Book About Whales is a nonfiction children's picturebook filled with amazing true facts about whales, the world's largest mammals. From how whales eat and sleep, to their social organizations, and how humans have interacted with them (from hunting to whalewatching), A Book About Whales is enlightening and extraordinary. Simple black-and-white sketches and drawings of whales illustrate this thoroughly informative picturebook, highly recommended especially for school and public library children's collections. "Whales get the water they need to survive from the food they eat. Just like other mammals, they don't want to drink lots of salty seawater. When wales eat, they need to make sure that they don't drink any. That's not easy when you live in the sea! Luckily, they have baleen plates, which they use to solve this problem."

Coral Reef Animals Book 1: Invertebrates, A Guide in Rhyme
Eve Heidi Bine-Stock, author/artist
Independently Published
P.O. Box 3346, Omaha, Nebraska 68103
9781726706315, $9.99 PB, $3.49 Kindle, 30pp, www.amazon.com

"Coral Reef Animals Book 1: Invertebrates" has the distinction of being the only children's book featuring the entire world of coral reef invertebrates, as well as being a tour de force of creativity in both descriptive verse narration paired with stunning illustrations created by "applying artistic effects to photographs sourced from Rotolia.com." Really the combination of poetry and fantastic colored artworks of the coral reef animals is unforgettable. here is an example of the verse portrait of the Jellyfish: "They're almost only H2O,/ With tiny bits of solids;/ Some of them can even glow!/ No bones, nor brain, nor heart have they;/ Yet, sensing chemicals, light, and sway,/ Their nerve net tells of passing prey./ Some can sting by shooting 'darts'/ Of poison from their tentacles;/ If ever you are stung, it smarts!/ They live their lives on broadest scales:/ From mere hours, to a year;/ Small as mites, to big as whales!" The poem is accompanied by three magical underwater portraits in shades of blue, aqua, peach, and black and white. "coral Reef Animals Book 1: Invertebrates" is a classic, hopefully the first of a series. Children and adults will be enchanted by it and be inspired to take action to protect the world's reefs at risk.

Superlative Birds
Leslie Bullon, author
Robert Meganck, illustrator
Peachtree Publishers, Ltd.
1700 Chattahoochee Avenue, Atlanta, GA 30318-2112
www.peachtree-online.com
9781561459513, $15.95, HC, 56pp, www.amazon.com

In "Superlative Birds" young readers ages 8-12 will explore the fascinating world of superlative birds ranging from the bee hummingbird (the tiniest bird in the world), to the peregrine falcon (the fastest creature on Earth). Ever wonder which bird has the loudest voice? Which one builds the biggest nest or has the most feathers? Young readers will get to know all about the best and brightest (and smelliest!) denizens of the bird world with this collection of nonfiction science verses. Of special note is that author Leslie Bullon includes a science glossary, notes on poetry forms, and resources for information about these extraordinary birds in the back of the book. Witty drawings by illustrator Robert Meganck add another layer of fun to this humorous and informative gallery of the world's most accomplished birds. Certain to be an immediate and enduringly popular addition to family, school, and community library Pets & Wildlife collections, "Superlative Birds" is unreservedly recommended.

The Dog in the Dentist Chair
Peggy Frezon
Paraclete Press
PO Box 1568, Orleans, MA 02653
www.paracletepress.com
9781640601710, $16.99, PB, 160pp, www.amazon.com

"The Dog in the Dentist Chair" by Peggy Frezon is comprised of heartfelt true stories about real-life animals who visit, cuddle, and help kids in unexpected and amazing ways such as: JoJo the golden retriever who calms anxious kids at the dentist, Gracie the therapy cat who encourages reluctant readers, Parfait the service dog who helps a boy with seizures, Magic the miniature horse who comforts children in hospitals, Ricochet the dog who surfs with special-needs kids, and others. In each chapter, kids ages (9-12) will recognize animals' great capacity for love and devotion, which reflects God's enduring love for us all. "The Dog in the Dentist Chair" strengthens kinships with animals, encourages humane treatment, and helps kids build lifelong bonds with animal friends. Featuring beautiful color photos of the actual animals, relevant and easy-to-read Bible verses, and ways children can give back and help animals, "The Dog in the Dentist Chair" is unreservedly recommended for family, school, and community library collections. It should be noted for personal reading lists that "The Dog in the Dentist Chair" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.99).


The Biography Shelf

Susan B. Anthony
Teri Kanefield
Harry N. Abrams
195 Broadway, 9th Floor, New York, NY 10007
www.abramsyoungreaders.com
9781419734014, $16.99, HC, 240pp, www.amazon.com

In the fourth installment in the Harry N. Abrams 'Making of America' series for young readers ages 10-14, "Susan B. Anthony" by Teri Kanefield examines the life of one of America's most famous suffragettes. Anthony was born into a world in which men ruled women: A man could beat his wife, take her earnings, have her committed into an asylum based on his word, and take her children away from her. While the young nation was ablaze with the radical notion that people could govern themselves, "people" were understood to be white and male. Women were expected to stay out of public life and debates. As Anthony saw the situation, "Women's subsistence is in the hands of men, and most arbitrarily and unjustly does he exercise his consequent power." She began her public career as a radical abolitionist, and after the Civil War, she became an international figurehead of the women's suffrage movement. "Susan B. Anthony" includes selections of Anthony's writing, endnotes, a bibliography, and an index. While also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $11.13), "Susan B. Anthony" is especially recommended for family, school, and community library American Biography collections for children. Librarians should note that "Susan B. Anthony" is also available as a complete and unabridged audio book (Dreamscape Media, 9781974935161, $29.99, CD).

Granuaile: The Pirate Queen
John Burke & Fatti Burke
Gill Books
c/o Dufour Editions, Inc.
PO Box 7, 124 Byers Road, Chester Springs, PA 19425-0007
www.dufoureditions.com
9780717183500, $21.00, HC, 32pp, www.amazon.com

Learn about Ireland's original rebel girl in this exciting new series of inspirational Irish lives. This first children's biography to focus on Granuaile, who was the daughter of a great trader and sea captain, Eoghan O'Malley of Mayo. Living in a castle on Clare Island 500 years ago, Granuaile spent her childhood on the sea in boats of all shapes and sizes. Granuaile's parents wanted her to do what other girls did, to be a good girl and get married and settle down. But Granuaile had other ideas. Very highly recommended for both community and school library collections, "Granuaile: The Pirate Queen" is a superbly illustrated biography about an unusual and historic Irish icon and fearless leader who became a 16th century pirate and freebooter will have a very special appeal to young readers ages 7-12.


The American History Shelf

The Undefeated
Kwame Alexander, author
Kadir Nelson, illustrator
Versify
c/o Houghton Mifflin Company
215 Park Avenue South, New York, NY 10003
www.houghtonmifflinbooks.com
9781328780966, $17.99, HC, 40pp, www.amazon.com

Originally performed for ESPN's "The Undefeated" by author Kwame Alexander and illustrator Kadir Nelson is a picture book poem as a kind of love letter to black life in the United States. It highlights the unspeakable trauma of slavery, the faith and fire of the civil rights movement, and the grit, passion, and perseverance of some of the world's greatest heroes. The text is also peppered with references to the words of Martin Luther King, Jr., Langston Hughes, Gwendolyn Brooks, and others, offering deeper insights into the accomplishments of the past, while bringing stark attention to the endurance and spirit of those surviving and thriving in the present. Robust back matter at the end provides valuable historical context and additional detail for those wishing to learn more. While also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $12.99), "The Undefeated " is a unique and unreservedly recommended addition to family, elementary school, and community library Black American History picture book collections for children ages 6-9.


The Fiction Shelf

I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter
Erika L. Sanchez
Ember
c/o Random House Children's Books
1745 Broadway, 10-1, New York, NY 10019
www.randomhouse.com/kids
9781574700515, $11.99, www.randomhouse.com

Ages 14 and older will relish this National Book Award Finalist which blends humor into a poignant novel about losing a sister and growing up in a Mexican-American home. Julia's sister Olga is the perfect Mexican daughter, who chooses to care for their parents and work a part-time job to sacrifice for family. Julia isn't that way. But when Olga is killed, Julia must step into a role she never envisioned or wanted in this powerful story of a spunky girl who has an ideal to live up to that conflicts with her own goals in life. A lovely cross-cultural story evolves with many insights for all teen readers.

You've Got a Friend
Judi Curtin
The O'Brien Press
c/o Dufour Editions, Inc.
PO Box 7, 124 Byers Road, Chester Springs, PA 19425-0007
www.dufoureditions.com
9781788490511, $20.00, PB, 240pp, www.amazon.com

Molly's dad comes home to surprise her - he has decided to move back permanently, and Molly tries to adjust to the new reality of him living in the neighborhood, but not in her house. Molly soon realizes that her dad is lonely and a bit aimless. The girls try to give him a kitten but he says he can never have one after what happened to his kitten when he was a boy. The girls decide to go back in time to see if they can understand what happened. They meet a sensitive, timid young version of her dad. He is afraid of a bully who lives next door, and spends a lot of time with a kitten. Something in the past is affecting Molly's Dad's relationships today, making his relationship with Molly and her new family difficult? Molly and Beth are determined to find out what and to do so they must embrace the 70s in all its glitter and glamour! "You've Got a Friend" is an original and deftly written novel by Judi Curtin that is very highly recommended, especially for elementary school and community library Contemporary General Fiction collections for young readers ages 8-10. It should be noted for personal reading lists that 'You've Got a Friend" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $10.99).

Outrun the Wind
Elizabeth Tammi
Flux
c/o North Star Editions, Inc.
www.fluxnow.com
9781635830262, $11.99, PB, 320pp, www.amazon.com

The Huntresses of Artemis must obey two rules: never disobey the goddess, and never fall in love. After being rescued from a harrowing life as an Oracle of Delphi, Kahina is glad to be a part of the Hunt; living among a group of female warriors gives her a chance to reclaim her strength. But when a routine mission goes awry, Kahina breaks the first rule in order to save the legendary huntress Atalanta. An original, deftly crafted, and impressively entertaining young adult novel, "Outrun the Wind" is certain to be an immediate and enduringly popular addition to school and community library YA Fiction collections. It should be noted for the personal reading lists of dedicated fantasy fans that "Outrun the Wind" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $7.99).

Missing Bones
Phyllis J. Perry
Tumblehome, Inc.
https://tumblehomebooks.org
9781943431342, $9.95 amazon.com

Ricky and his beloved beagle Bones don't fit neatly into his mother's new marriage and lifestyle, which involves a contrary stepsister and a cat. As a result, he feels alienated and alone, somehow always landing on the wrong side of family interactions and perceptions until Bones goes missing during a storm. Kids ages 9-12 will relish this gentle story even if they choose it thinking it will be a tale about a boy and his dog, only to discover it's actually just as much a story of a boy adjusting to a new blended family situation. The tale is powered by love, whether it be the love of a boy for his canine (which is intensified by his feeling that nobody else understands or accepts them) or the evolving love of a new family unit forced into a relationship. There are no pat answers and no sudden revelations to Missing Bones: just a quiet and realistic progression towards connections which demonstrate that what is missing is more than a pet or basic family connection.

Scholastic, Inc.
557 Broadway, New York, NY 10012-3999
www.scholastic.com

Three new books are fine leisure reads highly recommended as additions to any discriminating young adult collection. Jeffrey Salane's The Haunting of Hounds Hollow (9781338105490, $17.99) tells of Lucas, who has just moved from the city to a quiet town. Then he discovers that its residents have been vanishing under mysterious circumstances that involve a troupe of ghostly dogs, with Lucas living in the center of trouble in a giant manor that may be haunted. Teens who love haunted house mysteries will relish the gripping story, which takes several unexpected turns. Kody Keplinger's That's NOT What Happened (9781338186529, $18.99) takes place three years after a high school massacre in which the narrator's best friend was killed during the mass shooting. Everyone thinks they know the truth about that day; but only the narrator really knows, and was there when Sarah died. This survivor's story will strike a powerful chord in anyone who reads the daily newspaper and explores one teen's survival and recovery processes. Sarah Weeks' Snoof: A Novel (9780545846653, $17.99) tells of Aurora, who has always heard stories about Heidi and the good luck she's brought to the family. But when Heidi is going to visit, bad luck strikes and Aurora seems to be its focal point. 'Snoof' here means love; but this is hard to grasp in a family where everything is going wrong and changing. An engrossing story evolves, filled with reflective insights teens will appreciate.


The Mystery/Suspense Shelf

The Curious Crime
Julia Golding
Lion Children's Books
c/o Lion Hudson
www.lionhudson.com
9780745977874, $8.99, PB, 304pp, www.amazon.com

Is curiosity a crime? In "The Curious Crime" by Julia Golding, a young girl named Ree discovers the unfairness of being female in a male-dominated scientific world, where alternative ideas are swiftly squashed. Enter a fantasy island where Phil the dodo and other unusual wild animals roam corridors, great halls and an underground network of passages of a magnificent museum and science academy. Prevented from following her creative passion as a stonemason, Ree is confined to cleaning the halls at night as a maid. But then the murders start happening! A determined scholar Henri and strong-willed Ree join forces to solve the mysteries and prove their innocence. Showcasing author Julia Golding's impressive flair for originality and deftly scripted narrative storytelling, "The Curious Crime" is unreservedly recommended for school and community library YA Fiction collections. It should be noted for personal reading lists that "The Curious Crime" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $8.54).


The Fantasy/SciFi Shelf

Out of Salem
Hal Schrieve
Seven Stories Press
140 Watts Street, New York, NY 10013
www.sevenstories.com
9781609809010, $19.99, HC, 448pp, www.amazon.com

Gender queer fourteen-year-old Z Chilworth has to adjust quickly to a new status as a zombie after waking from death from a car crash that killed his/her parents and sisters. Formerly a talented witch, Z now can barely perform magic and is rapidly decaying. Faced with rejection from their remaining family members and old friends, Z moves in with their mother's friend, Mrs. Dunnigan, and befriends Aysel, a loud would-be-goth classmate who is, like Z, a loner. As Z struggles to find a way to repair the broken magical seal holding their body together, Aysel fears that her classmates will discover her status as an unregistered werewolf. When a local psychiatrist is murdered by what seems to be werewolves, the town of Salem, Oregon, becomes even more hostile to "monsters," and Z and Aysel are driven together in an attempt to survive a place where most people wish that neither of them existed. Original, compelling, and unceasingly entertaining, "Out of Salem" is an extraordinary and very highly recommended addition to highschool and community library YA Fiction & Fantasy collections for readers ages 11-18. It should be noted for personal reading lists that "Out of Salem" is also available in a digital book format (Kinder, $6.99).

The Wargod's Apprentice
George Whitney
https://www.georgewhitneyiii.com
Whitney Press
9780999734117, $39.95, HC, 242pp, www.amazon.com

At fifteen, Lex, who has been homeschooled his entire life, begins attending high school. Although he is gifted and ahead of his peers academically, he's awkward and uncomfortable socially-that is, until he discovers football and its violence, and it seems he has a gift for both. When Lex's family dies in a fire, Lex goes to live with his fabulously wealthy grandfather who apprentices him to an eccentric named Dr. Bernard Polemarchos. Bernie is a Wargod, one of a race of aliens who travel in time, refighting the great battles of history to protect earth from the evil Others - who, Lex discovers, are responsible for his family's death. As Bernie teaches Lex how to be a warrior, soon the time will come for the young man to avenge the murders of his loved ones and take his place in history. In this novel, a boy whose family is murdered goes to live with his grandfather and learn the art of war from a member of an alien race who fights to protect the earth. Deftly written by an author with a genuine flair for originality and a fully reader engaging narrative storytelling style, "The Wargod's Apprentice" by George Whitney will prove to be an immediate and enduringly popular addition to school and community library YA Fiction collections in general, and Science Fiction lists in particular. It should be noted for personal reading lists that "The Wargod's Apprentice" is also available in a paperback edition (9780692905616, $22.95) and in a digital book format (Kindle, $4.99).

Jed and the Junkyard War
Steven Bohls
Disney Hyperion
www.disneyhyperionbooks.com
9781484730478, $7.99, www.disneybooks.com

Jed and the Junkyard War tells of an ordinary kid from quite a strange family who continually places him in challenging situations. When he turns twelve, he awakens to find his parents are missing (shades of O'Brien's The Silver Crown!), and his predictable, only slightly-strange world rapidly descends into one of floating cities, junk storms, battling metals, and strange steampunk scenarios. On a quest to locate his parents, he falls into a world at war over junk. A fun and very different fantasy evolves which will please teens seeking something different.


The Christian Shelf

Gritty and Graceful
Caryn Rivadeneira, author
Sonya Abby Soekarno, illustrator
Beaming Books
PO Box 1209, Minneapolis, MN 55440
https://www.beamingbooks.com
9781506452067, $16.99, HC, 32pp, www.amazon.com

God gave girls grit and grace. From the very beginning, God looked to girls and women to teach, to lead, to love, to change the world. We know because we can read their stories in the Bible. From Eve to Mary and everyone in between, the Bible is full of gritty and graceful women who faced tough circumstances with courage, toughness, intelligence, and faith. "Gritty and Graceful: 15 Inspiring Women of the Bible" is the picture book companion for children ages 5-8 to Caryn Rivadeneira's critically acclaimed "Grit and Grace: Heroic Women of the Bible" and combines exciting storytelling with the vivid illustrations of Sonya Abby Soekarno to bring the stories of these biblical women to life. Especially recommended for family, community, and Sunday School library collections, "Gritty and Graceful: 15 Inspiring Women of the Bible" will inspire the gritty and graceful girls to imagine their place in God's story, how they can make a difference in the world, and do great things for God.

Jax's Tail Twitches
David Powlison, editor
Joe Hox, illustrator
New Growth Press
https://newgrowthpress.com
9781948130240, $15.99, HC, 32pp, www.amazon.com

Everyone gets frustrated when something important to them goes wrong. In "Jax's Tail Twitches: When You Are Angry", the whole Squirrel family ends up out of sorts when acorn gathering doesn't go according to plan. Although Papa, Mama, Jax, and Caspian Squirrel all get angry, they also learn about the power of saying sorry, seeking forgiveness, remembering God's words, and praying together. Edited by David Powlison and charmingly illustrated by Joe Hox, "Jax's Tail Twitches" ends with a special section that guides parents in teaching children how the gospel of Jesus Christ changes how we respond when life goes wrong. Also included is a tear-out page of Back Pocket Bible Verses that will help children and adults remember to turn to God for help when they are angry. Intended for three-to eight-year-olds and centered on an animal family to help bring gospel help and biblical counsel to themselves and their families from a Christian perspective, "Jax's Tail Twitches: When You Are Angry" is unreservedly recommended for family, community, and Sunday School library picture book collections.

The Fabulous World That God Made
Joyce K. Ellis, author
Andres F. Landazabal, illustrator
Beaming Books
PO Box 1209, Minneapolis, MN 55440
https://www.beamingbooks.com
9781506448572, $17.99, HC, 32pp, www.amazon.com

Stunning, vibrant illustrations paired with rhythmic, dynamic descriptions of the sun, land, water, animals, and the first people, "The Fabulous World that God Made" presents an expansive, delightful romp through the Bible's creation story for children ages 5-8. Author Joyce K. Ellis' and illustrator Andres Landazabal's inspired and inspiring picture book is sure to enthrall young Christians readers of all ages and invite them to consider their own role in the fabulous world that God made. "The Fabulous World That God Made" is an extraordinary and unreservedly recommended addition to family, Sunday School, and community library collections.


The Judaic Shelf

Benny's Gift
Chani Altein, author
Miri rooney, illustrator
Hachai Publishing
527 Empire Boulevard, Brooklyn, NY 11225
www.hachai.com
9781945560101, $12.95, HC, 30pp, www.amazon.com

Children tend to think that prizes and presents need to be expensive to be valuable. When Benny wishes he could give beautiful gifts to his family and friends, Tzvi shows him that the very best gift is one that doesn't cost a cent! Young readers can join the two friends on a rollicking adventure as Benny figures out what this mysterious gift could be! It's a gift that the Torah that tells children we should give to the people we meet to make them feel good with a gift that can given any time, any place, by anyone. All that is needed is a bright, shining face. "Benny's Gift" is a perfect way to highlight the teaching from Pirkei Avos: Hevei m'kabel kol ahdam b'sei'ver panim yafos. Inspirational yet full of humor, "Benny's Gift!" is unreservedly recommended and an ideal picture book presentation of an important Judaic principle for personal conduct.


The Folktale/Fairytale Shelf

The Parrot and the Merchant: A Tale by Rumi
Marjan Vafaeian, author/illustrator
Azita Rassi, translator
Tiny Owl Publishing
9781910328033, $16.99, HC, 24pp, www.amazon.com

Rumi (30 September 1207 - 17 December 1273), was a 13th-century Persian poet, jurist, Islamic scholar, theologian, and Sufi mystic originally from Greater Khorasan. Translated into English by Azita Rassi, adapted and illustrated for children ages 7-12, "The Parrot and the Merchant: A Tale by Rumi" is the picture book story of Mah Jahan who is a rich merchant that travels far and wide to trade her goods, and keeps countless colorful birds in cages. When leaving for India, she promises to bring back gifts for all her servants, and for her favorite talking parrot. All that the parrot requests is for her to go to the jungle, greet his friends and ask if they have any messages for him. But when she delivers their message, she learns an important lesson about how to treat the ones you love. While also available in a paperback edition (978-1910328255, $11.99), "The Parrot and the Merchant: A Tale by Rumi" is a wonderfully entertaining and unreservedly recommended addition to family, elementary, and community library picture book collections.


The Board Book Shelf

A Busy Creature's Day Eating!
Mo Williams
Hyperion Books for Children
www.disneyhyperionbooks.com
9781368041294, $8.99, Board Book, 32pp, www.amazon.com

Written to delight children ages 2-5, "A Busy Creature's Day Eating!" is a board book by Mo Williams who delivers a smorgasbord of hunger, hubris, regret, and redemption as a Busy Creature hilariously chomps and chews its way through the alphabet. A novel and unique approach to learning the ABCs, "A Busy Creature's Day Eating!" is an especially entertaining and recommended addition to family, daycare center, preschool, kindergarten, and community library board book collections.

Kindness Rules!
Eunice Moyle, author
Sabrina Moyle, illustrator
Abrams Appleseed
c/o Harry N. Abrams
195 Broadway, 9th Floor, New York, NY 10007
www.abramsyoungreaders.com
9781419734267, $8.99, Board Book, 24pp, www.amazon.com

Manners don't come naturally to everyone! But did you know that elephants are known for their impeccable etiquette? Written by Eunice Moyle and illustrated by Sabrina Moyle, "Kindness Rules!" is hilarious board book and guide to good manners offers many fun teaching moments for kids ages 2-3 (and their parents!). "Kindness Rules" covers all the basics for the preschool set, from saying "please" and "thank you" to sharing and being kind to others. Filled with bright, adorable illustrations and part of the 'Hello!Lucky' series inimitable style, very young children will love learning about manners with this delightful, sturdy board book. While very highly recommended for family, daycare center, preschool, and community library board book collections, it should be noted that "Kindness Rules" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $8.09).

Babies Can Sleep Anywhere
Lisa Wheeler, author
Carolina Buzio, illustrator
Abrams Appleseed
c/o Harry N. Abrams
195 Broadway, 9th Floor, New York, NY 10007
www.abramsyoungreaders.com
9781419734922, $7.99, Board Book, 22pp, www.amazon.com

What better way to put a little one to sleep than with a soothing rhyme and image after image of sleeping animals? Written by Lisa Wheeler and illustrated by Carolina Buzio, "Babies Can Sleep Anywhere" is gentle board book introduces the sleeping habits of many animals (from puppies to sloths to whales) and compares them to the sometimes-unusual habits of human babies. In backpacks, on knees, in cradles or trees, sweet babies can sleep anywhere! While very highly recommended for family, daycare center, preschool, and community library board book collections for children ages 2-5, it should noted that "Babies Can Sleep Anywhere" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.99) and as a hardcover picture book (9781419725364, $14.95, 32pp).

Animals On the Go
Ruth A. Musgrove, author
National Geographics Kids
c/o National Geographics Partners LLC
www.natgeokids.com
9781426333125, $7.99, Board Book, 25 pages, www.amazon.com

"Animals On the Go" is a child's action guide to 12 different creatures, including bugs, reptiles, birds, and both marine and terran animals. Beautiful color portrait photos show the different species in motion, with humorous comments and descriptions of the moves, plus invitations to the reader to imitate the animal's signature motions. Some of the species covered are snakes, orangutans, sea turtles, penguins, black bears, kangaroo, ostrich, ladybugs, dolphins, butterflies, and cheetahs. A matching game on the last two pages invites readers to pair the animal with the verb (English) describing their movement. This sturdy pasteboard book is practical and appealing to readers ages 4-6 years. Also highly recommended is another title from this board book series is Ruth Musgrave's "Space" (9781426333149, $7.99).

The Vanishing Baseball Cap
Misti Kenison
Schiffer Publishing Ltd.
4880 Lower Valley Road, Atglen, PA 19310
www.schifferbooks.com
9780764357077, $9.99, Board Book, 26pp, www.amazon.com

Daniel has lost his favorite baseball cap in the history museum. Dapper detectives Fox and Goat are on the trail! Young children ages 5-6 will follow their search through the exhibits and learn new concepts along the way. Is the cap hard or soft, narrow or wide, short or tall, brown or green, triangular or round? Close observers may find the cap before our professional sleuths do! This unique and entertaining toddler's version of Sherlock Holmes is fully guaranteed to both engage and entertain young minds, making it unreservedly recommended for family, daycare center, preschool, elementary school, and community library board book collections.

What Is America?
Michelle Medlock Adams, author
Amy Wummer, illustrator
Worthy Kids
c/o Hachette Book Group
1290 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10104
www.hachettebookgroup.com
9780824916954, $6.99, Board Book, 22pp, www.amazon.com

"What Is America?" is engaging look at America in a board book format with author Michelle Medlock Adams introducing children ages 2-5 to the beliefs and ideals that make America unique. Heartfelt and humorous questions ponder all of the things that America might be about-the flag, the Fourth of July, the Statue of Liberty. Children will quickly learn that America is about more than symbols and monuments. It's a land of freedom and democracy where dreams come true. Very highly recommended for family, daycare center, preschool, kindergarten, and community library board book collections, "What Is America?" with its whimsical artwork by Amy Wummer perfectly supporting the rhyming verse will fully capture children's imaginations as they explore what America means to them.

Spring Babies
Kathryn O. Galbraith, author
Adela Pons, illustrator
Peachtree
1700 Chattahoochee Avenue, Atlanta, GA 30318
9781682630686 $6.95 12 pages www.peachtree-online.com

"Spring Babies" is a brightly illustrated, verse narrated board book for children ages 2-6 years about the beauties of spring from babies' viewpoints. Graphic color blocks show rain falling, flowers blooming, and babies enjoying spring breezes. Action verbs dazzle with rhyme: "Rain drops. Dandelions glow. Puddles splash. Clouds blow. Babies crawl. Babies Wiggle. Babies scamper. Babies giggle..." Turning the study pasteboard pages is easy for young fingers, and beautiful pictures of babies of different skin coloring respond happily to singing birds, quacking ducks, and sleeping puppies. "Spring Babies" is a delightful introduction to the joys of spring for babies and young children. Also highly recommended is the following title from the same series, by the same author and illustrator: "Summer Babies (9781682630693, $6.95)," by Kathryn O. Galbraith, illustrated by Adela Pons.

Feminist Baby
Loryn Brantz
Disney Hyperion
www.disneyhyperionbooks.com
9781368022996, $9.99, Board Book, 22pp, www.amazon.com

In "Feminist Baby! He's a Feminist Too!" written and illustrated by Loryn Brantz is an utterly charming board book for children ages 1-2. Feminist Baby shoots for the sky, Feminist Baby knows it's OK to cry! In this simply outstanding and highly recommended board book for family, daycare center, preschool, and community library collection, author and illustrator Loryn celebrates the joys of modern childhood with wit and humor that sets the stage for feminist girls and boys alike.


The Picturebook Shelf

Paula Knows What To Do
Sanne Dufft
Pajama Press
http://pajamapress.ca
9781772780680, $18.95, HC, 32pp, www.amazon.com

One Saturday morning, Daddy won't get out of bed. He misses Paula's mom. Paula misses her too, but she realizes that Mommy wouldn't want them to be sad forever. Paula knows just what to do. Taking out paper and paints, Paula creates a world of rolling seas, blue skies, and best of all, a boat that she and Dad can sail together. And when the wind blows up a storm, Paula knows just what she and Daddy can do about that too. Written and illustrated by German children's book author Sanne Dufft, "Paula Knows What To Do" is a sweet and poignant story about memory and overcoming grief, showing how a child's imagination can find a moment of joy and a safe place to land after a loved one is gone. Unique, thoughtful and entertaining, "Paula Knows What To Do" is unreservedly recommended for family, daycare center, preschool, elementary school, and community library picture book collections for children ages 4-8 years.

Badger's Perfect Garden
Marsha Diane Arnold, author
Ramona Kaulitzki, illustrator
Sleeping Bear Press
315 East Eisenhower Parkway, Suite 200, Ann Arbor, MI 48108
www.sleepingbearpress.com
9781534110007, $16.99, HC, 32pp, www.amazon.com

It's springtime and Badger is ready to plant the perfect garden. He has spent months gathering and sorting seeds. It's been a lot of work but it's worth it. His friends Red Squirrel, Dormouse, and Weasel come to help. They weed. They rake. And finally they plant. Afterward, everyone celebrates, and Badger can already imagine the perfect rows of flowers and vegetables. But then a rainstorm comes and washes away the beautiful seeds. Badger's perfect garden is ruined. Or is it? Beautifully illustrated by Ramona Kaulitzki, "Badger's Perfect Garden" is children's author Marsha Diane Arnold's gentle picture book story will encourage young readers ages 5-8 to think beyond plans and expectations and imagine the wonderful possibilities that may occur when life and nature have other ideas. An ideal and highly recommended addition to family, elementary school, and community library picture book collections, it should be noted that "Badger's Perfect Garden" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $11.53).

It's Just a Bunnypalooza
Brenda Faatz, author
Peter Trimarco, illustrator
Notable Kids Publishing
http://www.notablekidspublishing.com
9780997085174, $16.95, HC, 40pp, www.amazon.com

Ever rambunctious and creative, Lizzy is learning new dance moves from her furry bunny friends just in time for the school talent show. When she tells her classmates that she's learning hip-hoppity moves from bunnies, Lizzy becomes embarrassed and self-conscious as the children giggle at her over-active imagination. From there, Lizzy is decidedly in complete denial that animals communicate with her. She becomes an avid "non-believer." Naturally, the bunnies organize an intervention. Not only will these furry little creatures not allow Lizzy to attempt 'hip-hop' without them, they do not want to lose their friend. Word travels fast and before long, where once there were two bunnies there are now three... and soon four and then dozens more. All the while, Lizzy remains steadfast in her denial right up until the "Rabbit-a-Raucous Recital." A pure adventure-in-rhyme, fantastical humor and, as playing with made-up words picture book for children ages 4-8. "It's Just a Bunnypalooza" is the third book in the award-winning "It's Just So" series from Notable Kids Publishing and is unreservedly recommended for family, daycare center, preschool, elementary school and community library picture book collections.

Hoo Hoo Who?
Mary Maier, author & illustrator
Lauren Horton, author
Building Block Press
https://buildingblockpress.com
9781944201142, $17.95, HC, 32pp, www.amazon.com

In "Hoo Hoo Who?" children ages 2-5 discover that it's time for Mouse's Surprise Party, but Owl's glasses are broken. Children can use the clues provided by Mary Maier and Lauren Horton to help Owl figure out which guest is at the door? Hoo hoo who could it be? An engagingly catchy and interactive book, children are encouraged to take part in the story and use expressive language to respond to Owl's WHO questions. With engaging opportunities on every page, children will be excited to read this story again and again. Who doesn't love to yell "Surprise!" and sing "Happy Birthday"? The bold and distinctive illustrations are refreshing for parents, and particularly enthralling for children who will be naturally drawn to the curvy and circular shapes. Unique, charming, and thoroughly entertaining, "Hoo Hoo Who?" is unreservedly recommended for family, daycare center, preschool, Kindergarten, and community library picture book collections.

I Just Like You
Suzanne Bloom
Boyds Mills Press
815 Church Street, Honesdale, PA 18431
www.boydsmillspress.com
9781629798783, $16.95, HC, 32pp, www.amazon.com

With a subtle message of tolerance and acceptance, "I Just Like You" by author and illustrator Suzanne Bloom is an irresistibly sweet picture book that features animal friends who like each other despite (and because of) their differences. An elephant and a cat might look different from each other, a lemur and a stork might enjoy different activities, and a lion and a mouse might have different hairstyles, but all the animals value and appreciate one another, as shown by exuberant scenes of playing together. The short, simple text will hold the attention of young children and the artwork includes clever and funny details for them to look for as they listen. I Just Like You also models the ways children make friends, with simple conversation starters of sharing opinions and trading compliments. A unique and entertaining picture book with a positive and universal message of tolerance and appreciation for differences, "I Just Like You" is particularly recommended for family, elementary school, and community library collections.

Cat's Egg
Aparna Karthikeyan, author
Christine Kastl, illustrator
Karadi Tales Picturebooks
9788193654224, $13.95, HC, 36pp, www.amazon.com

How long does it take to hatch a kitten? Cat isn't sure, but she would rather be snacking or napping. In "Cat's Egg", children ages 4-8 will join her as she looks around for a babysitter for her mysterious golden egg. She seeks help from her baffled friend Dog, a crow, a koel, and a turtle, for as we all know, it takes a village to raise an egg. Aparna Karthikeyan's delightfully humorous prose is fully complemented by Christine Kastl's art that has an almost three-dimensional quality to it. Together, they take young readers on a feline adventure quite unlike any other! Uniquely original and an altogether a fun read, "Cat's Egg" is an especially recommended addition to family, daycare center, preschool, elementary school, and community library picture book collections.

Buster Bartholomew Benjamin Brown and the Schoolyard Bully
Anna Pierri
Ruby Two Shoes Publishing
https://rubytwoshoespublishing.com
9781775071501, $10.95, PB, 32pp, www.amazon.com

Buster Bartholomew Benjamin Brown is a mouse who finds a best friend and shows his love for his fellow mice when he soundly defeats the school bully. Imaginatively written and colorfully illustrated by Anna Pierri with a critically important message for young children about standing up to bullies, "Buster Bartholomew Benjamin Brown and the Schoolyard Bully" is certain to be an immediate and enduringly popular addition to family, elementary school, and community library picture book collections.

The Box Cars
Robert Vescio, author
Cara King, illustrator
EK Books
c/o Exisle Publishing
www.exislepublishing.com.au
9781925335835, $17.99, HC, 32pp, www.amazon.com

Liam and Kai are the best of friends. They do everything together. Each day in the park they race around in their box cars, pretending to be everything from policemen chasing down bad guys to chauffeurs driving around movie stars! One day they notice a little girl watching them -- she's keen to join in and they're happy to be her friends too, but with only two box cars to play with it seems someone's going to be left out. Very highly recommended for family, daycare center, preschool, elementary school, and community library collections, "The Box Cars" by author Robert Vescio and illustrator Cara King is a fun-filled picture book story of friendship, sharing and creative problem-solving that will appeal to boys and girls ages 4-8.

Good Night, Library
Denis Brennan-Nelson, author
Marco Bucci, illustrator
Sleeping Bear Press
315 East Eisenhower Parkway, Suite 200, Ann Arbor, MI 48108
www.sleepingbearpress.com
9781585364060, $16.99, HC, 32pp, www.amazon.com

Even the library has to sleep! "Good Night, Library" by author Denis Brennan-Nelson and illustrator Marco Bucci is calming bedtime picture book story that says good night to the library and all the fun it holds -- from books and story time to computers and comics. A charming ode to everyone's favorite community space and a perfect good night for budding book lovers, "Goodnight, Library" is especially recommended for children 4-7, making it an ideal and enduringly popular addition to family, daycare center, preschool, elementary school, and community library collections. It should be noted for personal reading lists that "Good Night, Library" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $11.53).

Mom Left Dirty Dishes in the Sink
Holly Carrington, author
Beth Snider, illustrator
Privately Published
9781732809109, $19.95, 32pp, https://cozytimestories.com

Life is busy, maybe too busy in Camille's house. Between getting ready for school and trying to chase her brother, Camille has a lot to do. While she's collecting worms, rocks and slime, her mom is usually cleaning house or washing dishes. Camille is starting to wonder if her mom forgets what fun is. One day, she discovers that her mom has changed...for the better! A delightfully entertaining picture book for young readers by author Holly Carrington and illustrator Beth Snider, "Mom Left Dirty Dishes in the Sink" is an especially recommended addition to family, elementary school, and community library collections -- and one that is certain to be immediately and enduringly popular!

Diggersaurs
Michael Whaite
Random House Children's Books
1745 Broadway, 10-1, New York, NY 10019
www.randomhouse.com/kids
9781984847799, $17.99, HC, 32pp, www.amazon.com

Michael Whaite is a writer, illustrator, and animator who has worked in children's television for thirty years in England, where he lives with his wonderful wife and delightful daughter. In "Diggersaurs" is Michael's story about a dozen dinosaur trucks crunch, scrape, chomp, and rumble through this colorfully illustrated picture book as they work on roads and construction sites. Little dinosaur fans ages 2-5 will love the inventive names--SCOOPERSAURUS! DUMPERSAURUS! -- and their rip-roaring sound effects as they count each new Jurassic giant, up to twelve. Whether they are building or demolishing, these helpful Diggersaurs are the coolest things in town! Also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $10.99), "Diggersaurs" is a thoroughly entertaining, impressively original, and unreservedly recommended addition to family, daycare center, preschool, kindergarten, and community library picture book collections.

Pedro's Pan: A Gold Rush Story
Matthew Lasley, author
Jacob Souva, illustrator
https://www.matthewlasley.com
Alaska Northwest Books
9781513261874, $17.99, HC, 32pp, www.amazon.com

Pedro and his pan go on an exciting adventure together -- to strike gold in Alaska! They hike mountains, whack through bushes, and wade through streams as they sift through dirt and gravel in search of the hidden nuggets. But as time goes by without any success, Pan begins to worry that he is broken. Will he and Pedro ever find what they're looking for? Inspired by the true story of Felix Pedro, a prospector who launched one of the richest gold rushes in Alaska's history, "Pedro's Pan" is a picture book by author Matthew Lasley and illustrator Jacob Souva that offers children ages 5-7 a glimpse into American history as well as educates how gold panning works in a fun and exciting way. While unreservedly recommended for family, elementary school, and community library picture book collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "Pedro's Pan" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $7.99).

Steve, Terror of the Seas
Megan Brewis
Kane Miller
c/o EDC Publishing
4901 Morena Blvd, Suite 213, San Diego, CA 92117
9781610678254, $14.99, HC, 32pp, www.kanemiller.com

As fish go, Steve is not very big. His teeth aren't very sharp. And even though he's no Angel Fish, there are far scarier fish in the sea. So why are all the other fish so frightened of him? Real facts introduce sea creatures in a fun and appealing way. Young readers can spot Steve's friend George on every page! While also available in a paperback edition, "Steve, Terror of the Seas" is as entertaining as it is informative and very highly recommended for family, elementary school, and community library wildlife picture book collections for children.

The Whale, the Sea and the Stars
Adrian Macho
Floris Books
www.florisbooks.co.uk
9781782505594, $17.95, HC, 32pp, www.amazon.com

When Gerda the blue whale was very small, her mother would sing a beautiful song telling her that if she were ever lost she should look to the stars and they would guide her. Then it's time for the little whale to leave home. Her adventures take her from the warm waters of the equator to the freezing poles. Along the way she meets clever killer whales, playful penguins, a friendly polar bear and the ancient narwhale. Then one day, the little whale realizes she wants to find somewhere to stay forever. How will she know she's found the right sea for her? With her mother's song in her heart, Gerda follows the stars to a place she knows she can call home. Beautifully illustrated and engagingly written for children ages 4-7, "The Whale, the Sea and the Stars" is heartwarming picture book story that will prove to be an immediately welcome and enduringly popular addition to family, daycare center, preschool, elementary school, and community library collections.

Rabbit, Hare, and Bunny
Robert Broder, author
Bryan Langdo, illustrator
https://www.robertbroder.com
Ripple Grove Press
PO Box 910, Shellburne, VT 05482
www.RippleGrovePress.com
9780999024966, $17.99, HC, 40pp, www.amazon.com

Rabbit, Hare, and Bunny are roommates. But sometimes roommates don't get along. Rabbit and Hare finally have enough of Bunny's eccentric behavior and ask him to move out. But they soon realize a good roommate is hard to find. And when Bunny moves back in with his parents, Bunny realizes being more aware of how his actions affect others might not be the worst thing he could do. An original and lively picture book with an entertaining and deftly presented social message, "Rabbit, Hare, and Bunny" by author Robert Broader and illustrator Bryan Langdo will have special appeal for young readers ages 5-7 -- and prove to be a welcome and enduringly popular addition to family, elementary school, and community library collections.

Little Honey Bee
Caryl Lewis, author
Valeriane Leblond, illustrator
Y Lolfa
c/o Dufour Editions, Inc.
PO Box 7, 124 Byers Road, Chester Springs, PA 19425-0007
www.dufoureditions.com
9781784615611, $10.00, HC, 32pp, www.amazon.com

Elsi lives with her grandma, who keeps bees. By following them and noticing everything that takes place in the garden over the course of the year, Elsi comes to love each season in turn. "Little Honey Bee" by the team of author Caryl Lewis and illustrator Valeriane Leblond is beautifully crafted picture and entertaining picture book that offers children ages 7-9 the chance to learn about the world of nature through a wonderfully original story showcased with fantastic illustrations. "Little Honey Bee" is unreserved recommended, especially for family, elementary school, and community library collections.

The Fierce Grey Mouse
Chantal Bourgonje
Hubble & Hattie
www.hubbleandhattie.com
9781787113121, $9.99, HC, 32pp, www.amazon.com

"The (Fierce) Grey Mouse" by Dutch children's author Chantal Bourgonje is the picture book story of a Little Grey Mouse who desperately wants to be fearsome and strong. He does his exercises, eats his porridge, drinks all of his milk - and, soon enough, Little Grey Mouse grows to be fierce. But, roaring and pouncing from his perch high up in a tree, Fierce Grey Mouse accidentally scares away all of his friends. Fierce Grey Mouse soon realizes the importance of friendship and being true to yourself, and this, in essence, is the message of the story. While unreservedly recommended for family, elementary school, and community library collections, "The Fierce Grey Mouse" is beautifully written and illustrated, making it a delightfully entertaining picture book that young children ages 5-6 and their parents can share together.

Mommy Sayang
Rosana Sullivan, author
Pixar Animation Studios
Disney Press
c/o Disney Publishing Group
www.disney.com
9781368015905, $16.99, HC, 48pp, www.amazon.com

Rosana Sullivan is a storyboard artist with Pixar Animation Studios, and she's worked on films such as The Good Dinosaur, Coco, and Incredibles 2. In "Mommy Sayang" she has crafted a picture book story set in a Malaysian kampung, or village, where lives little Aleeya and her dear Mommy Sayang. Aleeya and Mommy do everything together, and in Aleeya's dreams, they dance among enormous hibiscus flowers. Aleeya loves to ask Mommy if she will always be by her side. Mommy assures her that she will, Insh'Allah. But one day, Mommy becomes sick. Alone, Aleeya waits for her return, and it's in this moment that Aleeya realizes she can always be by Mommy's side. With a hibiscus flower in hand, Aleeya goes to Mommy's bedside to bring her love and hope. Little by little, Mommy Sayang gets better. A wonderfully original, impressively entertaining, beautifully illustrated picture book for children ages 4-7 that is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $10.99), "Mommy Sayang" is unreservedly recommended for family, daycare center, preschool, elementary school, and community library collections.

Ted the Friendly Frog and the Race at Golden Lake
Scott McCall, author
Autumn Brook, illustrator
Brown Books Kids
c/o Brown Books Publishing Group
16250 Knoll Trail Drive, Suite 205, Dallas, TX 75248
www.BrownBooks.com
9781612542911, $16.99, HC, 32pp, www.amazon.com

Ted is a little frog who has a big race coming up and taking place at Golden Lake! Last year, he only placed seventh, but this year he's hoping to win the whole thing. When Ted gets a little lost in the woods on the way to the race, he meets all sorts of new friends as they work together to help find his way back. Once the race begins, Ted finds himself in a tough spot, and he must decide between going for gold or learning from the lesson his new friends have taught him and helping someone in need. Young readers ages 4-7 can join Ted in author Scott McCall's fun picture book colorfully illustrated by Autumn Brook as Ted learns how helping a friend can make anyone feel more like a winner than any trophy! A deftly crafted and thoroughly 'kid friendly' picture book, "Ted the Friendly Frog and the Race at Golden Lake" will prove to be an immediate and enduringly popular addition to family, daycare center, preschool, elementary school, and community library collections.

What Are You Doing, Benny?
Cary Fagan and Kady MacDonald Denton
Tundra Books
http://penguinrandomhouse.ca/imprints/tundra-books
9781770498570, $17.99, www.penguinrandomhouse.ca

What Are You Doing, Benny? Will reach preschool to grade 2 with a gentle picture book story of a little brother who has many talents. But joining in his older brother's interests is not one of them: Benny keeps denying him access to his fun. What can a little brother do to participate and help? This engaging story of fox siblings, imparted with humor and the appealing illustrations of Kady MacDonald Denton, makes for a lovely saga that kids will appreciate.

Twinkle
Katherine Holabird and Sarah Warburton
Simon & Schuster
c/o Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
1230 Avenue of the Americas, 4th floor, New York, NY 10020
www.simonandschuster.com/kids
9781534429154, $17.99, www.simonandschuster.com/kids

Twinkle is a little fairy with an attitude, and is just beginning to realize her powers and learn how to use them in fairy school. The problem is that she struggles with lessons and her spells often have disastrous results. Can Twinkle ever learn to become the kind of fairy who not only can perform magic, but obey rules in doing so? A fun story evolves, which many youngsters will relate to.

Ten Rules of the Birthday Wish
Beth Ferry and Tom Lichtenheld
Putnam
c/o Penguin Young Readers Group
345 Hudson Street, 15th floor, New York, NY 10014
http://us.penguingroup.com
9781524741549, $17.99, www.penguin.com/kids

Ten Rules of the Birthday Wish takes the typical children's birthday book a step further as it covers a crew of fun animals who romp through the basics of a proper birthday, from singing to cakes and wishes fulfilled. Kids with basic reading skills and/or their read-aloud parents will find this a fun exploration of event that features happy animals, introduces some vocabulary words ("hoopla", "jamboree"), and contrasts traditional approaches with new choices in celebrating a birthday. Adults will find it creatively different from the usual birthday book.

The Legend of the Fairy Stones
Kelly Anne White
Morgan James Kids
c/o Morgan James Publishing
www.morganjamespublishing.com
9781642791969, $23.95, Library Binding, 52pp, www.amazon.com

A unique stand-alone picture book, "The Legend of the Fairy Stones" by Kelly Anne White shares the fictional legend of how real-life fairy stones were formed. Woodland lore has it that the cross-shaped stones came from the solidified tears of forest fairies the day they heard that Jesus died. "The Legend of the Fairy Stones" takes young readers ages 4-10 on an upbeat journey through a land filled with joyful fairies of all varieties before twisting and turning into a world of evils and ill wills combated by a sense of fearlessness found in the spirit of the fairy stones. It's been deemed that fairy stones repel witches, ghosts, goblins, ghouls, and all other types of ghastly fools. With its rhythmic text and classic fairy-tale style, "The Legend of the Fairy Stones" cleverly integrates fantastical folklore in a collage-style montage of amazing artwork from the public domain. These very real stone crosses, officially called Staurolite, form naturally through a geothermal process known as "cruciform penetration twinning". Alongside its elements of fantasy and whimsy, "The Legend of the Fairy Stones" remains grounded in educational content with back matter that focuses sharply on STEAM and Common Core Standards, making it an ideal and recommended addition to both community and elementary school library collections. It should be noted for parents that "The Legend of the Fairy Stones" is also available in a paperback edition (9781642791952, $11.95).

Eerdmans Books for Young Readers
c/o Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
4035 Park East Court SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546
www.eerdmans.com/youngreaders

Patrick Guest's The Second Sky (9780802855206, $17.00) is illustrated by Jonathan Bentley and tells of Gilbert, who peeks out of his egg to see the vibrant sky for the first time. Gilbert wants to be part of this sky life, but he has big, clumsy feet and can't fly at all. How can he soar when he can't even walk? A fun story revolves around a little penguin who takes his first step into the world. Gilles Bachelet's A Story That Grows (9780802855121, $16.00) tells of a variety of parents, from a gentle panda mother to a dad with whiskers and a "mom with a long beak". This fun story grows in two ways: with the uniform theme of read-alouds that each parent performs, and by the stuffed animal each animal child holds that sets the stage for the next animal family to be presented. The result is an inviting set of pictures reinforcing reading and different scenarios that evolve from it. Both are wonderful read-aloud recommendations, in particular.

Scholastic, Inc.
557 Broadway, New York, NY 10012-3999
www.scholastic.com

Steve Antony's Good Night, Mr. Panda (9781338275957, $16.99) reviews bedtime rituals for Mr. Panda and his pals. But Hippo, Sloth, and the others aren't ready, either. What are animals to do at bedtime, but play? A fun tale of forgetful animals who are too tired to obey bedtime rituals such as tooth-brushing, and who need a sleepy panda to remind them, creates a whimsical and fun read that takes a different approach than the usual bedtime story. Aaron Blabey's Pig the Fibber (9781338291766, $14.99) returns Pig the Pug to the limelight, this time depicting the greedy, lying pug as nothing but trouble. Or, is he? A fun story evolves which will delight with prior fans and newcomers alike.


The Bilingual Shelf

Todos a Celebrar!
Dr. Ma. Alma Gonzalez Perez
Del Alma Publications, LLC
http://delalmapublications.com
9780982242247, $15.99, HC, 40pp, www.amazon.com

With "Todos a Celebrar! A Hispanic Customs & Traditions Alphabet Book ", award-winning author and biliteracy expert, Dr. Ma. Alma G. Perez presents children ages 5-9 with a glimpse into the Hispanic culture and its traditions through a very unique alphabet book format. Educational and picturesque, "Todos a Celebrar! A Hispanic Customs & Traditions Alphabet Book" teaches by example and includes a picture glossary of cultural objects and an Hispanic countries map for extension of learning. Exceptionally well organized and profusely illustrated, "Todos a Celebrar! A Hispanic Customs & Traditions Alphabet Book" is unreservedly recommended for family, elementary school, and community library English/Spanish bilingual collections.

The Pinata That the Farm Maiden Hung
Samantha R. Vamos, author
Sebastia Serra, illustrator
Charlesbridge Publishing
85 Main Street, Watertown, MA 02472
www.charlesbridge.com
9781580897969, $17.99, HC, 32pp, www.amazon.com

"The Pinata That the Farm Maiden Hung " by author Samantha R. Vamos and illustrator Sebastia Serra is the picture book story of a young girl who sets out on errands for the day, and while she's gone, the farm maiden prepares a pinata from scratch with help from a boy, horse, goose, cat, sheep, and farmer. After they all fall asleep in the afternoon sun, they must scramble to finish preparations in time -- just as the girl arrives back to her surprise party. Key English words change to Spanish as the cumulative verse builds to the celebratory ending. With the familiarity of "The House That Jack Built," the tale cleverly incorporates Spanish words, adding a new one in place of the English word from the previous page. "The Pinata That the Farm Maiden Hung" is a bilingual picture book makes learning the language easy and fun for children ages 4-8. Back matter includes a glossary, definitions, and directions for making a pinata at home, making "The Pinata That the Farm Maiden Hung" an ideal and unreservedly recommended for family, daycare center, preschool, elementary school, and community library collections.

El Perro con Sombrero meets Los Gatos con Gelatos
Derek Taylor Kent, author
Lynx Animation Studios, illustrator
Whimsical World
www.WhimsicalWorldBooks.com
9780999555453, $24.95, HC, 36pp, www.amazon.com

Illustrated by Lynx Animation Studios, ""El Perro con Sombrero meets Los Gatos con Gelatos" " by Derek Taylor Kent is the action-packed and hilarious second adventure in his popular bilingual El Perro con Sombrero series! Written in both English and Spanish, the El Perro con Sombrero series has been one of the most popular bilingual picture books in the world since the first book's release in 2015. In this new picture book story, Pepe the dog discovers that his owner, little Lucia, forgot her homework assignment and races against the clock to bring it to her at school before the bell rings. However, a gang of mischievous ice cream-loving cats, who call themselves Los Gatos con Gelatos, have other plans for Pepe! "El Perro con Sombrero meets Los Gatos con Gelatos" is certain to be an immediately welcome and enduringly popular addition to family, elementary school, and community English/Spanish bilingual picture book collections for young readers.


The Science Shelf

National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of Science
Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld
National Geographic Press
101 West 104th Street, Suite 8, New York, NY 10025
natgeokids.com
9781426333187 $14.99 amazon.com

Featuring full-color photography throughout, National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of Science is a showcase of the amazing realms of science - from biology to outer space. Age- appropriate explanations of how scientists learn more about the world around them, questions and activities in each chapter to encourage learning, and tips for parents enrich this educational, eye-opening book. "Herpetologists have discovered that many kinds of amphibians take in air through their skin. Amphibians need to keep their skin moist in order to breathe. That's one clue that will help you figure out the best places to look for salamanders and other amphibians." National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of Science is highly recommended as an educational gift, as well as for public and school library children's collections.


The Activity Shelf

BigFoot Goes on Big City Adventures
D. L. Miller
Happy Fox Books
c/o Fox Chapel Publishing Company
1970 Broad Street N., East Petersburg, PA 17520
www.FoxChapelPublishing.com
9781641240260, $14.99, HC, 48pp, www.amazon.com

Children ages 5-12 will sharpen their search and find skills by locating BigFoot at his favorite metropolis in D. L. Miller's "BigFoot Goes on Big City Adventures ". But it won't be easy! BigFoot is visiting ten major cosmopolitan destinations, from Chicago and Sydney to Prague, Shanghai, Edinburgh, and more. Presenting each urban oasis as an immense two-page visual puzzle, full of teeming people and creatures, the young reader's task is not only to find BigFoot and his legendary footprint, but also more than 500 other unusual and sometimes unexpected personalities and objects. Fun facts and pictures accompany each scene to help kids to learn more about ten of the world's major cosmopolitan destinations, making it an ideal and unreservedly recommended addition to family, elementary school, and community library collections of entertaining and informative activity books.


The Graphic Novel Shelf

The Cossack Chief
Nikolai Gogol
Jack Lake Productions
9781927856512, $10.00, PB, 48pp, www.jacklakeproductions.com

Originally published as a Classics Illustrated comic, this newly digitally remastered edition for a new generation of appreciative young readers by Jack Lake Productions is the story of Taras Bulba who lived in the 15th century. Southern Russia was under attack by the Mongols and Taras Bulba lead the Cossacks in resisting and ultimately repelling them. This Illustrated Classics approach to "The Cossack Chief" by Nikolai Gogol will prove to be an immediate and enduringly popular addition to personal, school, and community library Comics/Graphic Novels collections.

Press Start! Robo-Rabbit Boy, Go!
Thomas Flintham
Scholastic
557 Broadway, New York, NY 10012-3999
www.scholastic.com
9781338239812 $4.99 amazon.com

Part of the adventurous "Press Start!" series, Press Start! Robo-Rabbit Boy, Go! is a colorful, upbeat graphic novel adventure featuring original characters. When Queen Spooky and her ghost troop captures Super Rabbit Boy, only Robo-Rabbit Boy can save him! Does Robo-Rabbit Boy have what it takes to be a hero? Is it truly heroic to simply fight and imprison the ghost troop, or could there be a better way? Robo-Rabbit Boy, Go! is rollicking fun, written at a grade 2 reading level in order to encourage first and second graders to experience the joy of reading for pleasure. Highly recommended, especially for public and grade school library children's collections.


The Audiobook Shelf

Katt vs. Dogg
James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein
jimmypatterson.org
Hachette Audio
1290 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10104
www.HachetteAudio.com
9781478995951 $20.00 amazon.com

Katt vs. Dog is the unabridged rendition of an adventurous animal story for young adults! Oscar is a rambunctious dog; Molly is pretty, well-bred kitty-cat with aspirations for the silver screen. When out on a family camping trips, Molly and Oscar accidentally get lost in the dangerous woods. Can these two furry enemies learn to cooperate amidst mortal peril? A laugh-out-loud treat for young pet lovers everywhere, Katt vs. Dogg is highly recommended especially for grade school and public library children's audiobook collections. 4 CDs, 4.5 hours.


The Music CD Shelf

Kindred
Renee & Friends
reneeandfriends.com
One Melody Records
$13.98 CD / $9.49 MP3 amazon.com

Award-winning performer Renee Stahl sings with an ensemble of friends in her second "Renee & Friends" album, Kindred. A music album celebrating the virtues of kindness, community, and making the world a better place, Kindred is a treasure meant to be shared with listeners of all ages. Kindred is highly recommended for both personal and public library music CD collections. The tracks are "Kindness", "Super Fragile World", "Where Do the Children Play?", "Leaders of the World", "Home", "Kindred", "Nothing and No One", "High Hopes", "Be Curious", "Rely", and "How Did You Get So?". 30 min.

Shake It and Break It
Randy Kaplan
www.randykaplan.com
Yellow Thing Records & Books
$11.99 CD / $9.99 digital amazon.com

Award-winning singer-songwriter Randy Kaplan presents Shake It and Break It, an original guitar-picking album for all ages, though the lively lyrics will especially appeal to young people ages 4-12. Songs are based on pre-WW II country blues, ragtime, and Delta blues classics, with original twists to the performance and witty new lyrics. Shake It and Break It is a choice pick for family road trips, children's parties, and public library music CD collections! The tracks are "Candy Man Blues", "Shake It and Break It", "Boogie Chillen", "It Hurts Me Too (Sitting on Top of the World)", "Doing Stretch", "Chicken Chump Blues", "Been Your Dog", "Roll and Tumble Blues", "Crow Jane", "From Four Until Late", "Swinging on a Star", and "Little Brown Jug". 54 min.

Curious: Think Outside the Pipeline
Ants on a Log
www.antsonalogmusic.com
Privately Published
$11.01 CD / $9.49 MP3 amazon.com

Curious: Think Outside the Pipeline is a folk-style, eco-fable music album intended especially for young people ages six and up. Although the songs tell a fictional story about two kids' effort to mobilize the community against local pollution, it's inspired by a real-life situation in Philadelphia, where community "Right to Breathe" activism stopped an oil refinery from worsening air pollution that was already causing health issues such as increased asthma rates. The album encourages listeners to learn more about problem solving, and the power of uniting one's community to fight for social justice. Curious is highly recommended, especially for school and public library children's music collections. The tracks are "Curious", "Is this Normal?", "Old Wise One", "Make it Big!", "Research", "Air and Space", "Anyone Can Write a Letter?", "Anyone.", "The Man in Charge (is Useless)", "The Riddle", "Dear Community", "Otherwise Occupied", "The Inverse Relationship Between How Right a Person Thinks They Are and How Right They Actually Are", "Thanks, Uncle Steve", "Ocean Waves and Dance Floors!", "Curious Finale", "Curious (radio)", "Air and Space (radio)", and "The Main in Charge (radio)".

Earworm
Sean McCollough
seanmccollough.com
Little Thing Records
$TBA CD / $9.49 MP3 amazon.com

Radio show host and songwriter Sean McCollough presents Earworm, a family-friendly album of delightful, folk-style music. The music lives up to the album's title, which refers to songs so intensely catchy, they wormed their way right into the listener's ear! Highly recommended. The tracks are "Earworm", "All Kinds of Singing", "Sunsphere (featuring Molly Ledford)", "ABC (The Writing Song)", "Her Name Was Lady", "Don't Let 'Em Get Yer Goat", "Fuzzy Brown Vine (aka Poison Ivy)", "Rag Doll", "Carsick", "Green Means Go (featuring Billy Jonas)", "Let's Give a Party", "Kidstuff Theme Song", and "Big Ears".

Under the Big Umbrella
Brady Rymer and the Little Band that Could
www.bradyrymer.com
Privately Published
$13.99 CD / $9.49 MP3 amazon.com

Featuring three-time Grammy nominee Brady Rymer, Under the Big Umbrella is a family- friendly children's album of songs inspired by true stories of students, teachers, and families working to create a culture of kindness in their schools and communities. These joyful, hopeful, and inspiring songs encourage young people to believe in themselves and strive for a better world. Highly recommended, especially for school and public library children's music collections! The tracks are "Under the Big Umbrella", "You Can Get It If You Really Want", "The Smile Shop", "Drop in the Bucket", "Don't You Push Me Down (Featuring Sonia De Los Santos)", "I'm Coming Out", "Different Is Beautiful (Like a Rainbow)", "With a Little Help from My Friends (Featuring David Gibb)", "Stick Up Stand Up", "Different Is Beautiful (Yeah, Yeah, Yeah)", "You Do You" and "Thank You for Being You".

Love is Te Quiero
Alina Celeste
www.alinaceleste.com
Lion Mice Productions, LLC
$11.99 CD / $9.99 download amazon.com

Love is Te Quiero is a bilingual English/Spanish music album by Parents' Choice Gold Award- winner Alina Celeste. In Love is Te Quiero, Celeste celebrates her Cuban-American heritage, the joys of childhood, and positive messages of friendship and open-mindedness. Drawing upon bluegrass, Caribbean, Latin American, and contemporary musical stylings, Love is Te Quiero is a joyful delight for children ages 0-9 and their families, highly recommended. The tracks are "Love Is", "Vaca Lechera", "Clap Hands", "Baila Conmigo", "Debajo de un Boton", "Coquinas", "Chito and Abu", "Kitty Catchie", "Te Quiero", "Stardust", and "Los Pollitos". 35 min.


The Poetry Shelf

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
Fred Rogers, lyrics
Luke Flowers, illustrations
Quirk Books
215 Church Street, Philadelphia PA 19106
www.quirkbooks.com
9781683691136, $19.99, HC, 144pp, www.amazon.com

From funny to sweet, silly to sincere, the lyrics of Mister Rogers explore such universal topics as feelings, new siblings, everyday life, imagination, and more. Through these songs (as well as endearing puppets and honest conversations) Mister Rogers instilled in his young viewers the values of kindness, self-awareness, and self-esteem. But most of all, he taught children that they are loved, just as they are. Perfect for bedtime, sing-along, or quiet time alone, this beautifully illustrated book of meaningful poetry is for every child -- including the child inside of every adult who appreciates what Mister Rogers had to say to the child still within us. Very highly recommended for family, school, and community library poetry collections for children ages 6-8, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $11.99).

I See the Moon: Rhymes for Bedtime
Rosalind Beardshaw
Nosy Crow
c/o Candlewick Press
99 Dover Street, Somerville, MA 02144
www.candlewick.com
9781536205794, $16.99, HC, 24pp, www.amazon.com

A beautifully illustrated collection of favorite rhymes for little ones preparing for bedtime, "I See the Moon: Rhymes for Bedtime" Rosalind Beardshaw's artwork features wonderful natural scenes, with adorable sleepy animals and babies ready to be lulled to sleep. "I See the Moon: Rhymes for Bedtime" features: "I See the Moon," "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star," "Hush-a-Bye, Baby," "Golden Slumbers," "Bed in Summer," "Star Light, Star Bright," "Girls and Boys Come Out to Play," "Hush, Little Baby," and "Good Night, Sleep Tight". "I See the Moon: Rhymes for Bedtime" is certain to be an immediate and enduringly popular addition to family, daycare center, preschool, kindergarten, and community library poetry picture book collections for children ages 2-5.


The Crafts Shelf

Cloth
Anna Llimos, author
Schiffer Books
4880 Lower Valley Road, Atglen, PA 19310
9780764356452 $9.99 www.schifferbooks.com

"Cloth" is a craft projects book with 5 step instructions for 14 cloth projects which can be easily assembled by kids age 8 and up with adult supervision. Each project begins with a list of materials and contains no more than five color illustrated steps to the completion of the project. Project titles include Little Fishes, Tray, Turtle, Clown, Flower, Purse, Necklace and Bracelet, Puppy, Marionette, Owl, Felt Doll, Pompom Keychain, Gull, and Textile Collage. Each project ends with a beautiful photo of the finished project. Some of the skills used are cutting felt and fabric from a pattern, gluing with PVA glue, sewing with yarn and plastic needle, and using stick on Velcro patches. At the end of the book is a star system ranking of the difficulty levels of the projects, from one star to four stars. This section is almost completely conveyed by images, a very attractive communication technique. "Cloth" is an exciting crafts book for kids that can open a world of creativity from inexpensive materials. Also highly recommended is the following title from the same series, 5 Step Handicrafts for Kids: "Clay (9780764356445, $9.99)," by Anna Llimos.


The Political Science Shelf

Yes She Can
Molly Dillon, compiler
Schwartz Wade
c/o Random House Children's Books
1745 Broadway, 10-1, New York, NY 10019
www.randomhouse.com/kids
9781984848451, $18.99, www.amazon.com

Ages 12 and up receive an inspirational title that examines Obama's presidency through the experiences of young women who found themselves in government and often in the spotlight, and encourages girls to enter politics and understand its power. A young woman has written this collection of insights by women who were teens when Obama announced his candidacy and grew up under his tenure. A powerful collection of females who were motivated by his message to help change systems and worlds makes for encouraging reading for any fellow teen.


Books in Series

Alexander Hamilton, the Fighting Founding Father!
Mark Shulman, author
Kelly Tindall, illustrator
Portable Press
www.portablepress.com
c/o Printers Row Publishing Group
https://www.printersrowpublishinggroup.com
9781684125632 $12.99 www.Oomf.com

"Alexander Hamilton, the Fighting Founding Father!" is a comic book style narration of the active life of Alexander Hamilton, the founding father whose conception of the U. S. treasury was a building block of the young United States' independence. Beginning explanations tell how the color code of the voice balloons shows when the words are actual quotes (golden balloons) and in script, for words that Hamilton wrote in history. An ongoing narrative dialogue between the young Uncle Sam will be in blue, and the statue of Liberty is in green. The profusely illustrated action pages cover the exciting events of Alexander Hamilton's life and contribution to the young United States, with explanatory notations in the Uncle Sam Statue of Liberty figures' dialogue. Hamilton's fiery temperament, concepts of the treasury, role as second in command to General Washington in the Revolutionary War, and many other historic actions are described, including his differences with Jefferson and his final duel at age 47 with Aaron Burr . Added sections include Did You Know? Declarations that led to independence, an Alexander Hamilton Timeline, a glossary, and a find Out More section on related books, websites and videos. The expressive art and action packed narrative make "Alexander Hamilton, the Fighting Founding Father!" a vivid must read experience of American History for readers age 8-14 and up. This exciting title and series updates history for modern readers. Also highly recommended are the following titles from the same Show Me History! series: "Martin Luther King Jr., Voice for Equality! (9781684123463, $12.99)," by James Buckley Jr., illustrated by Youneek Studios, "Amelia Earhart, Pioneer of the Sky! (9781684125456, $12.99)," by James Buckley Jr., illustrated by Kelly Tyndall, and "Abraham Lincoln, Defender of the Union! (978684125449, $12.99)," by Mark Shulman, illustrated by Tom Martin.

Map and Track Deserts
Linda Barghoorn, author
Crabtree Publishing Company
PMB 59051, 350 Fifth Avenue, 59th Floor, New York, NY 100118
9780778753667 $27.60 hc www.crabtreebooks.com 32 pages

"Map and Track Deserts" is an exciting color photo illustrated title on the Earth's deserts, the driest biomes. Some of the deserts of the world explored in this book include the following: Sahara Desert, Mojave Desert, Kalahari Desert, Great Sandy Desert, Atacama Desert, Namib Desert, Gobi Desert, Patagonian Desert, Arctic Polar Desert, and Antarctic Polar Desert. maps are color shaded to indicate where the deserts studied are found. Species of animals and plants that inhabit the desert biome are highlighted with Stop and Spot sidebars and excellent color photographs. The Map and Track sidebars trace migratory journeys of important species, This excellent series features many differences in the desert biomes of the Earth. The impact of climate change is also frequently explored, projected, and analyzed. A final chapter titled Desert in Danger explains the importance of protecting and preserving endangered desert biomes and animal species, such as polar bears. A project suggested to the reader is to choose a desert biome, create a map of it, research the animals living in it and choose two or three endangered animals to track. Then, color in the map to show where the animals are found, using the IUCN link on page 31, and make a key to show what different colors mean. "Map and Track Deserts" is completed by a glossary, Learning More list of related books and websites, and index. "Map and Track Deserts" is inviting to be read by students age 8-10 and up. Also highly recommended are the following titles from the Map and Track Biomes & Animals series: "Map and Track Grasslands (9780778753674)," by Nancy Dickmann, "Map and Track Mountains (9780778753681)," by Heather C. Hudak, "Map and Track Wetlands (9780778761860)," by Linda Barghoorn, "Map and Track Rain Forests (9780778753704), by Heather C. Hudak, and "Map and Track Oceans (9780778753698)," by Lauren Ishak.

The Purpose of Maps
Samantha S. Bell, author
The Child's World
1980 Lookout Drive, Mankato, MN 56003
9781503827851 $28.50 www.childsworld.com 24 pages

"The Purpose of Maps" is a grade level 2, interest level grades 1-4 reading title from the 8-title series All About Maps. Filled with color photographs of people using and exploring maps to familiarize themselves with areas of interest, "The Purpose of Maps" contains three chapters titled We Need Maps, General Purpose Maps, and Thematic and Special Purpose Maps. These chapters explain that maps are drawn to scale, usually on a flat surface, showing a part of the Earth. Maps can be paper or digital. They can show boundaries, natural features, or topography, used in topographical maps. Topographical maps show how high or low the land is. Thematic or special purpose maps can show such things as population count, what kind of food people grow, climate, and precipitation. Additional sections titled Do You Know?, Glossary, and To Learn More add more map information and detail to the information about the purpose of maps already covered. "The Purpose of Maps" is an excellent definition and introduction to the use of maps for elementary education students. Also highly recommended are the following titles from the same series: "Road Maps and GPS (9781503827752)" by Samantha S. Bell, "Climate Maps (9781503827721)," by Samantha S. Bell, "Globes (9781503827738)," by Simon Rose, "Compasses and Cardinal Directions (9781503827844)," by Ellis M. Reed, and "Landscape Maps (9781503627714)," by Thomas K. Adamson.

Stephen Hawking
Alix Wood, author
PowerKids Press
c/o Rosen Publishing
29 East 21st St., New York, NY 10010
www.powerkidslinks.com/wcs/hawking
9781538337950 $27.60 hc / S & L $20.70 32 pages

"Stephen Hawking" is a grade 4-5 reading level biography of world famous space scientist Stephen Hawking. Dr. Stephen Hawking (January 8, 1942, to March 14, 2018) was a British theoretical physicist who was best known for his studies of black holes. He wrote "A Brief History of Time," which was an international best seller. Dr. Hawking's work was made possible by earlier studies of Albert Einstein, Galileo, and other scientists. The biography includes information about Hawking's childhood, University days and education, family background, and handicap diagnosis of ALS, a slow progressing disease that weakens the nerves and muscles, increasing paralysis throughout the life span. Despite his ALS, Dr. Hawking was able to lead a vastly productive life, thanks to many treatments and assistive therapies and devices. Chapters and topics highlighted include "A Brief History of Time," family and fame, awards and honors, solving the black hole paradox, and experiencing zero gravity. There is also a science project which allows the explorations of gravity and black holes. Throughout the book helpful sidebars titled Science Notes give additional information about concepts and facts such as the Big Bang theory, relativity and the speed of light, and more. Concluding sections that enrich the topic are Test Your Knowledge, the glossary, and For More Information, containing sources of related information including books and websites. In conclusion, "Stephen Hawking" is an excellent biography of a world famous theoretical physicist who changed the understanding of space and time. Additional titles form this series that are also highly recommended include the following:"Marie Curie (9781538337820)," by Alix Wood, "Edwin Hubble (9781538337738)," by Alix Wood, "Rachel Carson (9781538337851)," by Alix Wood, "Leonardo da Vinci (9781538337776)," by Alix Wood, and "Sir Isaac Newton (9781538337899)," by Alix Wood.

Crabtree Publishing Company
PMB 59051, 350 Fifth Avenue, 59th Floor, New York, NY 10118
www.crabtreebooks.com

New additions to these series titles are top picks for discriminating libraries looking for lasting reference and leisure lends. Rebecca Sjonger's Abraham Lincoln: The Gettysburg Address (9780776752387, $31.32) joins the 'Deconstructing Powerful Speeches' series for grade 6 and provides almost fifty pages analyzing Lincoln and the lasting impact of his Gettysburg Address, given on the battlefield about liberty in the face of civil war. Not only is the address analyzed, but the social and political climate of the times is surveyed to place it in proper perspective. Color illustrations, charts, and sidebars of information keep the tone lively and interactive. Joining others in the Pet Pals series if Bird Pals by Pat Jacobs (9780778755505, $27.00), which considers all kinds of birds as pets, and how they can be cared for. From behaviors to interactions with humans, this offers kids in grade 3 a fine 32-page introduction to caring for an animal. The new series Game On! by Kristy Holmes (9780778752578, $27.60) includes Building Virtual Worlds, which introduces newcomers to game creators, how they make virtual games, and facts about the game itself. Kids learn much about creating interactive play as they survey this blend of biography and computer insight. All promise lasting library lending value.


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I See the Moon: Rhymes for Bedtime
Rosalind Beardshaw
Nosy Crow
c/o Candlewick Press
www.candlewick.com
9781536205794, $16.99

Dr. Dawn Menge
Reviewer

Are you looking for a colorful book to read at bedtime to your child? The illustrations are brightly colored and there is an added shine to catch a small child's attention. This book is filled with the classics such as "Hush-a-Bye, Baby," "Twinkle, Twinkle and Sleep," "Baby, Sleep." Cuddle up with your toddler and help them fall asleep by reading, "Good night, sleep tight. Don't let the bedbugs bite. Wake up bright in the morning light. To do what's right, with all your might." This one will surely become a favorite with your child. (Ages 2-5)

When Grandma Gives You a Lemon Tree
Jamie L.B. Deenihan, author
Lorraine Rocha, illustrator
Sterling Children's Books
www.sterlingpublishing.com
9781454923817, $16.95

Darleen Wohlfeil
Reviewer

A child's first introduction to the emotional lesson: When life gives you lemons. Literally! There is much to glean and enjoy in this seemingly light tale. Hidden gems of community, the rewards of patience, the power of productivity, and the ability to look past the moment to find a continuing benefit, are all tucked sweetly between the pages for any open heart to discover. As well as the more direct, and much needed tips on how to receive a lemon graciously! Surely, a great literary staple. For any home library. (Ages 3+)

I Can Only Draw Worms
Will Mabbitt
Penguin Workshop
www.penguin.com
9781524788223, $14.99

Julianne Black
Reviewer

It's an absolutely adorable book with just enough counting to call it a counting book. With silliness and misadventure on every page, your kiddo is sure to enjoy it! We've read this one front to back and back to front, and it always gets laughs. (Ages 3-5)

Star in the Jar
Sam Hay and Sarah Massini
Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
www.sourcebooks.com
9781492662204, $17.99

Larissa Juliano
Reviewer

Star in the Jar is an absolutely delightful and special story about sibling moments, finding treasures, and letting free something we love. The sparkly story begins with a little girl recounting all the treasures her brother likes to collect - treasures that tickle, treasures that hide in trash, and treasures that slide down the slide with him - but nothing compares to an extra glittery treasure he finds at the park. Readers will love how it unfolds. A sweet story about doing the right thing, and no matter how far away friends may be, they always stay (and twinkle) in our hearts. (Ages 3-6)

For All the Stars Across the Sky
Karl Newson, author
Chiaki Okada, illustrator
Candlewick
www.candlewick.com
9781536205428, $15.99

Darleen Wohlfeil
Reviewer

This is truly a delightful book. The illustrations are soft and heartfelt, lending a gentle ease to the moving voice of childhood. Loving memories will surely root in the depth of soil that comes with precious moments of cuddling in familiar safety, where our imaginations are free to grow. (Ages 3-7)

Tyler the Fish Visits the Lorain Lighthouse
Meaghan Fisher, author
Tim Rowe, illustrator
Gypsy Publications
www.gypsypublications.com
9781938768743, $17.99

Darleen Wohlfeil
Reviewer

Our favorite little bass from Lake Erie is back to share with us another great adventure! Tyler and his friends are going on a field trip to the Lorain Lighthouse. They will learn many new and interesting facts about the wonderful things they share with the sea. Tyler also learns that knowing the history around us makes us appreciate our connection to it all the more. (Ages 4-9)

Ninja Camp
Sue Fliess, author
Jen Taylor, illustrator
Running Kids Press
www.runningpress.com
9780762463312, $17.99

Diana Fisher
Reviewer

For children interested in martial arts, Ninja Camp is the entertaining adventure of multicultural ninja students training, learning the ninja creed, and testing their abilities by retrieving - ninja style - the stolen "shadow blade." This rhyming story reads well and the stylized illustrations are colorful and fun. (Ages 4-8)

Born to Ride: A Story About Bicycle Face
Larissa Theule, author
Kelsey Garrity-Riley, illustrator
Abrams Books
www.abramsbooks.com
9781419734120, $17.99

Diana Fisher
Reviewer

Set in the year 1896 when girls were not allowed to wear pants or ride bicycles, Louisa Belinda decides she can do anything she sets her mind to. She dons pants and tries to ride her brother's bicycle (with his help), despite scary warnings about developing "bicycle face," and after some difficulty, joyously succeeds. In addition to the delightfully written story and whimsical illustrations, a brief history of the 1890s bicycle craze and women's suffrage movement are included. (Ages 4-8)

Diamond's Kindergarten Madness
Nicole M. Stevenson
CreateSpace
www.createspace.com
9781979352581, $17.99

Darleen Wohlfeil
Reviewer

This is a cheery approach to those first day of school jitters. As Diamond's apprehension gets away from her, she imagines all sorts of scary things that await her. How relieved she is when she arrives! The illustrations are as sweet as Diamond herself. The author has included a helpful list of ways to prevent those first day jitters. (Ages 5-6)

Change the World Before Bedtime, second edition
Mark Kimball Moulton, Josh Chalmers, and Karen Hillard Good
Schiffer
www.schifferbooks.com
9780764355813, $16.99

Larissa Juliano
Reviewer

The cover of this beautiful book engages you before you even start reading. Rhyming text, delightful and unique illustrations, speech bubbles, and cute animal characters - little ones will love reading about kind and caring deeds we can do every day. As a mom and teacher, I simply love the wonderful and heartfelt message this book delivers to our most precious readers. The illustrations are adorable with pen and paper cut outs and other interesting media. Bonus: Special pages in the back of the book to write your own good deeds or acts of kindness and additional examples of helping out from the writing and drawing team. (Ages 5-8)

The Real Boat
Marina Aromshtam, author
Victoria Semykina, illustrator
Templar
www.templarco.co.uk
9781536202779, $17.99

Darleen Wohlfeil
Reviewer

A little paper boat floats happily in the safe confines of a little pond, unaware of the wild journey that lies ahead of him. Much like life, we all stir from our peaceful surroundings eager to find what lies ahead. Many experiences lead us along our way, some hard, some dangerous, and some strong and defining. Little boat discovers there are many different boats beyond his small bond, and comes to find his own personal identity. (Ages 5-8)

A Little Chicken
Tammi Sauer, author
Dan Taylor, illustrator
Sterling Children's Books
www.sterlingpublishing.com
9781454929000, $16.95

Darleen Wohlfeil
Reviewer

So cute! This really is a keeper. You know, one of those childhood stories that stays with you forever. I mean this is the little chicken who could! Any child, and even some scaredy-cat adults, will find encouragement and chuckles as this little chicken faces her fears and rises to the moment to save the day. Did I say this is cute? Well, let me say it again! This book is so cute! (Ages 4+)

Loving Hands
Tony Johnston, author
Amy June Bates, illustrator
Candlewick
www.candlewick.com
9780763679934, $16.99

Julianne Black
Reviewer

A beautiful mother-son relationship told through a focus on touch. The hands that bathed the child as a baby to the hands that hugged goodbye as an adult, serve as a gentle reminder that we all grow up and time never stands still. Delicate illustrations by Amy June Bates emphasize each precious snapshot in time. This book would make an amazing graduation or wedding gift. (Ages 4-6)

Julian is a Mermaid
Jessica Love
Candlewick
www.candlewick.com
9780763690458, $16.99

Larissa Juliano
Reviewer

This exquisite picture book by author and illustrator Jessica Love catches readers' attention from the first page. The soft and graceful illustrations use so many colors and breathe movement into the characters, their clothing, hair and style. Julian is a little boy who spends lots of time with his abuela. As Julian and his abuela glide through the story, different "mermaids" come into Julian's view and he imagines himself with fins and colors, and accessories. Readers must see the illustrations for themselves in this heartwarming and thought-provoking story about breaking gender stereotypes, accepting others for who they are, and unconditional family love and support. An instant favorite. (Ages 4-8)

Do You Believe in Unicorns?
Bethany Deeney Murguia
Candlewick
www.candlewick.com
9780763694685, $14.99

Larissa Juliano
Reviewer

Unicorn books are exploding in the children's literature market the past few years and Bethanie Deeney Murguia does not disappoint with her adorable story about a horse in a high red hat that could or could not be a unicorn! The whole book lends itself to really beautiful and lightly watercolored backdrops (a great conversation-starter about settings with students as it continually changes). The horse does not take off her red hat and joyfully gallops on each scenic page as readers continue to question (through question/answer text) if it is a unicorn! When the last few pages are revealed, readers will delight and wonder if they really do believe in unicorns. With Murguia's lovely illustrations and sweet, kid-friendly prose, do not be surprised if other magical creatures show up under her pen and paintbrush in future books! (Ages 3-7)

When Sue Found Sue: Sue Hendrickson Discovers Her T. Rex
Toni Buzzeo, author
Diana Sudyka, illustrator
Abrams Books for Young Readers
abramsyoungreaders.com
9781419731631, $17.99

Darleen Wohlfeil
Reviewer

This exciting and true story is a great testimony to those early childhood interests and quirks that pay off in the end. What many may have thought an awkward stage for Sue actually became a stage for fame. In 1990, Sue Hendrickson discovered the largest, and most intact dinosaur find. As a shy child, Sue tended to keep her head down, which often led her to great finds and discoveries. If it was lost, Sue was sure to find it. This coupled with her love and wide interest in reading led her to accomplish what others never imagined. This is truly an inspirational story! (Ages 4-8)

The Neighbors
Einat Tsarfati, author
Annette Appel, translator
Harry N. Abrams
www.abramsbooks.com
9781419731686, $16.99

Joseph Murkette
Reviewer

Einat Tsarfati tells us the tale of a little girl's epic journey from the front door to the seventh floor of her apartment building. On each floor and behind every door lies a quirky new world of fun and fantasy. All of these tales are told, not just in words, but in illustrations that reveal a new story every time the book is read. No one will ever read this book just once. There is so much wit, wonder, wisdom, and joy hiding in the gorgeous, complex illustrations that each reading reveals something we've missed previously to make us smile anew. (Ages 4-8)

Game of Stars
Sayantani DasGupta
Scholastic Press
www.scholastic.com
9781338185737, $17.99

Diana Perry
Reviewer

When the Demon Queen shows up in her bedroom, smelling of acid and surrounded by evil-looking bees, 12-year-old Kiranmala is uninterested. After all, it's been weeks since she last heard from her friends in the Kingdom Beyond, the alternate dimension where she was born as an Indian princess. But after a call to action over an interdimensional television station and a visit with some all-seeing birds, Kiran decides that she has to once again return to her homeland, where society is fraying, a terrible game show reigns supreme, and friends and foes alike are in danger. Kiran must once again solve riddles and battle her evil Serpent King father - all while discovering what it really means to be a hero. This is an engaging, action-adventure with riddles that young readers will have so much fun trying to solve. The ultimate bedtime story. (Ages 8-12)

Secondhand Wishes
Anna Staniszewski
Scholastic Press
www.scholastic.com
9781338280173, $16.99

Diana Perry
Reviewer

Lexi has to keep the universe in balance. If she does enough good things, like being on time, then the bad things, like her little brother needing more surgery, won't happen. It doesn't always work, but she has to keep trying. Just in case. On an extra bad day, Lexi finds a bag of four wishing stones in the antique shop in town, and wishes that her BFF Cassa and the new girl would stop talking to each other. That night, Cassa calls Lexi, crying over the end of her friendship with Marina. The wishes work ... sort of. Young readers will thrill over the many mysteries to solve in this book; they unravel one at a time like the petals opening on a rose. This story is a good moral lesson as Lexi learns how to find her true self. (Ages 8-12)

President of Poplar Lane
Margaret Mincks
Viking Books
www.penguin.com/publishers/vikingbooks
9780425290934, $16.99

Olivia Amiri, age 12
Reviewer

President of Poplar Lane is a smart book with lots of lessons dealing with middle school kids. The presidential election for 7th grade is coming up and Mike Strange and Clover O'Reilly are competing. This is a book not only about competition, but about lessons in ethics, honesty, and politics, much like in our world today. Sometimes winning by all costs doesn't pay off. Read the book and find out who wins the election! (Ages 8-12)

Oscar Goes to School
Meaghan Fisher and Emma Rose Fisher-Rowe
Gypsy Publications
www.gypsypublications.com
9781938768811, $17.99

Darleen Wohlfeil
Reviewer

This cute story of a very smart and curious kitty who wants to go to school is the product of 7-year-old Emma Rose. Capturing on paper the details of a dream she had of her much loved orange tabby cat, Emma wanted to make it into a book for others to enjoy. Her desire moves beyond entertaining us with her kitty's silly antics - a sweet story that proves no matter how old you are, you can be an author! (Ages 8-12)

Ruff vs Fluff (A Queenie and Arthur Novel)
Spencer Quinn
Scholastic Press
www.scholastic.com
9781338091397, $17.99

Diana Perry
Reviewer

Queenie the cat and Arthur the dog appear to have a lot in common. Both pets live in the charming Blackberry Hill Inn. They both love their humans, twins Harmony and Bro. They both have a fondness for sausage. But that doesn't change the fact that they are mortal enemies. But when the twins' beloved cousin is framed for murder, Queenie and Arthur must work together to clear his name... something Queenie finds even more distasteful than inexpensive caviar. This is the perfect early reader. Kids will love following the clues to solve the mystery. (Ages 8-12)

Beverlee Beaz the Brown Burmese
Regan W. H. Macaulay
http://www.reganwhmacaulay.com
Mirror World Publishing
www.mirrorworldpublishing.com
9781987976526, $15.95

Darleen Wohlfeil
Reviewer

This book bursts with energy from its opening page. Beverlee Beaz tackles her day with creative excitement, giving her great opportunities for fascinating adventures. Imagination opens the mind to great creative skills, as the author and illustrator have surely proven. The watercolor illustrations heighten the experience with great brightness and detail. (Ages 4-8)

When You Are Brave
Pat Zietlow Miller, author
Eliza Wheeler, illustrator
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
www.littlebrown.com
9780316392525, $17.99

Darleen Wohlfeil
Reviewer

This author and illustrator team are no strangers to success, and prove it once again in this encouraging story. Adults stress, plan, and make busy arrangements in the wake of change and uncertainty, but children most often have nothing to do but imagine what is ahead for them. We as parents can lose sight of the emotional toll such changes take on our little ones. This book can be a great comfort to children in such times. The tone is soft and soothing, yet carries a powerful impact. (Ages 5-7)

Fortune Cookie Surprise!
Jacqueline Prata
Rosebud Publishing
www.rosebudpublishing.com
9780692945223, $14.95

Darleen Wohlfeil
Reviewer

Life lessons await quietly all around us, and little Emily finds hers in her favorite restaurant. As she eagerly awaits the grand finish to her Chinese meal, Emily begins to realize people are much like that anxiously awaited cookie: Each one special, and holding a personal revelation to the one that takes it. She also realizes that she too is that special finishing touch to her parents, making it a complete and delightful experience. (Ages 5-8)

Soar High, Dragonfly!
Sheri M. Bestor, author
Jonny Lambert, illustrator
Sleeping Bear Press
sleepingbearpress.com
9781585364107, $16.99

Dr. Dawn Menge
Reviewer

Dragonflies are some the world's most beautiful insects. And one many children can find right in their backyards! With a simple story, perfect for read-alouds, this scientific look at a dragonfly's life-cycle will captivate little entomologists. Informative sidebars are included that let children learn even more about these amazing insects. This beautifully illustrated book is a must-read for the curious child who sees a dragonfly in a pond and begins to wonder... (Ages 5-8)

Miss Mink: Life Lessons for a Cat Countess
Janet Hill
Tundra Books
www.tundrabooks.com
9781770499225, $17.99

Diana Perry
Reviewer

Miss Marcella Mink is a Cat Countess. She lives in a big house by the sea with 67 of her favorite felines. She longs to go on a cruise but learns that cats simply aren't allowed on the ship. She solves this problem by starting her own cruise line; one that allows cats. Things don't turn out the way she plans and she is soon unhappy with the results. So she turns to her cats for advice. This book contains the 20 Life Lessons from cats that will surely benefit us all! This is a wonderful way for early readers to practice their skills. Kids will love the eye-candy illustrations. I believe it will quickly become their very favorite book. (Ages 4-8)

Badger's Perfect Garden
Marsha Diane Arnold, author
Ramona Kaulitzki, illustrator
Sleeping Bear Press
sleepingbearpress.com
9781534110007, $16.99

Dr. Dawn Menge
Reviewer

Badger is a very smart lad and highly prepared for planting season. He gathered all of his seeds from last summer and stored them in jars. Come spring, he is ready to plant them all. Badger, Weasel, and Squirrel soon plot their garden and everyone helps to weed and rake. But the weather turns bad and their seeds are soon washed away... or are they? This is a fun book based on not giving up and accepting that things can be bright even when they don't turn out the way we want them to. (Ages 5-8)

More Curious Jane: Science + Design + Engineering for Inquisitive Girls
Curious Jane
Sterling Children's Books
www.sterlingpublishing.com
9781454931348, $16.95

Diana Perry
Reviewer

This book is full of science projects from beginning to end. What a great book for the classroom as kids can do these experiments over and over. I really appreciated how the illustrations easily demonstrate each experiment step-by-step and that almost all items needed were those that kids most likely can find in their own home. This book is fun to read, educational, and provides kids with the perfect way to make gifts! What parent/grandparent/teacher doesn't love a gift made just for them by a loving child? My grandson pointed out one very important thing - this book is not just for curious Janes; it's for curious Johns, too! (Ages 6-11)

It's a Girl Thing! Smart, Fierce, and Leading the Way
Pri Ferrari
StarBerry Books/Kane Press
kanepress.com
9781635921243, $18.99

Darleen Wohlfeil
Reviewer

In a time when identity lines are blurring with confusion, it may be wise to clear up some of the definitions cluttering up those lines. Pigeonholing talents, interests, and abilities has brought great divisions and harm throughout history. Ideas of masculine and feminine rolls have cramped, criticized, and broken hearts and spirits. Maybe it's not the genders that are confused, but the order in which each individual is permitted to meet, embrace, and identify with them. This timely book makes a healthy and subtle point, it's NOT a gender thing. It's a great opportunity for all who desire an equal chance! (Ages 5-9)

Even Weirder! (WeirDo #2)
Anh Do
Scholastic
www.scholastic.com
9781338305609, $5.99

Diana Perry
Reviewer

Weir's back and even weirder! But it's not just Weir who's weird, it's his whole family. Not even their pet bird is normal! How will he keep cool with a school trip to the zoo coming up and the birthday party of his biggest crush?! It won't be easy ... but it will be funny! Young readers will laugh out loud while reading this book. Most of all, they will continue to bond with Weir. His life is filled with constant embarrassments, but kids will see how things can turn out well anyway. I look forward to the next book in this entertaining series. (Ages 7-10)

Moonlight and Molly series
Maureen Harris
Hobo Publishing
www.hobopublishing.co
$14.95 each amazon.com

Diana Perry
Reviewer

This is a delightful early reader series that would make a great gift and is perfect for bedtime stories. There are four books in the series about a young girl named Molly, her magical horse Moonlight, and their wonderful adventures. The stories inspire imagination in children and adults and are perfect tools to help kids practice their reading skills. The series includes Moonlight and Molly (9780982920695), Secret Revealed (9781732071902), Santa's Visit (9781732071933), and Shamrock's Magic Returns (9781732071919). (Ages 5-11)

Bad Order
B.B. Ullman
Sterling Children's Books
www.sterlingpublishing.com
9781454931065, $16.95

Diana Perry
Reviewer

A Wrinkle in Time meets Stranger Things in an out-of-this-world, fast-paced middle grade story about a sister and her special little brother fighting to save the world from an interdimensional catastrophe. Young readers will enjoy one surprise after another all the way to the ending as several threads of this story weave brilliantly together. They encounter many dangers and learn that a serious event has happened and the entire world will end unless Albie can save it. I found this book a non-stop action adventure with more twists and turns than I could keep up with. (Ages 8-12)

Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy: A Modern Retelling of Little Women
Rey Terciero and Bre Indigo
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
www.littlebrown.com
9780316522885, $12.99

Olivia Amiri
Reviewer

Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy is an emotional, graphic novel re-envisioned from the original book Little Women written in 1869. It's about four very different sisters living in this blended family, dealing with health issues, a parent overseas in military, LGBTQ, and all sorts of trials and tribulations of the heart. Great book to read with a friend or family member and then talk about. (Ages 9-12)

The President and Me: John Adams and the Magic Bobblehead
Deborah Kalb, author
Robert Lunsford, illustrator
Schiffer
schifferbooks
9780764355561, $12.99

Diana Perry
Reviewer

Fifth-grader Ava is struggling to figure out where she belongs in her newly-blended family. Her mom got remarried and she now has a stepfather and new brother. They decide to take a family trip to Boston where she buys a bobblehead of president John Quincy Adams. This was no ordinary bobblehead as it magically transports her and her brother, J.P. back in time to the 18th and 19th centuries where they meet John and Abigail Adams. They encounter history in the making, get close to actual battles, and learn much about how America became the great country it is. This book teaches history in a fun-to-read format through an exciting story. (Ages 8-12)

The Ice Garden
Guy Jones
Chicken House
www.chickenhousebooks.com
9781338285338, $17.99

Diana Perry
Reviewer

Allergic to the sun, Jess sets out to explore the world she longs to be a part of by night. One night, tired of peeking at the other children beyond her curtained house, she sneaks out to explore the empty playground she's longed to visit. Beyond, she discovers a garden made entirely of ice. This is her place: a Narnia with flying elephant mice and ice apples with shining gold liquid inside. But Jess soon discovers that she's not alone. And her presence there could be destroying its very existence. Young readers will find danger, courage, and perseverance in this heartwarming story of overcoming pitfalls of life. (Ages 8-12)

Tin
Padraig Kenny
Chicken House
www.chickenhousebooks.com
9781338277555, $16.99

Joseph Murkette
Reviewer

Tin is what might have happened if Jules Verne and Charles Dickens had collaborated to create a new world where humans and robots lived together in both harmony and conflict. Seen through the innocent eyes of a child, you soon learn that Christopher, the main character, is not who he seems to be. He is not just a "who," he is also a "what." Both child and robot. Follow him through his many trials and tribulations as he seeks what every child wants: to know and love those who created him. Tin isn't just a tale told to entertain; it teaches the true value of the love, hope, and happiness that being part of a family - human and otherwise - can provide. (Ages 8-12)

The King of Sting
Coyote Peterson
Brave Wilderness
https://bravewilderness.com
9780316452380, $18.99

Diana Perry
Reviewer

In this exciting and educational book, Coyote Peterson shows and tells all about creatures that sting - insects like Bullet Ants and the Tarantula Hawk. He goes into details about their body parts and exoskeleton and explains the importance of conservation of these species. He teaches how these insects and arachnids benefit the planet. Coyote also discusses his travels to remote regions all around the world. With the vivid photos, boys and girls alike will feel as if they, too, are on these adventures right along with him and his Coyote Pack. (Ages 9-12)

Sandalrella: Perceptions of a Teenage Famepire
John Delery, author
Larissa Clause, Christine Patriarca, and Kaitlyn Texel, illustrators
Designed by Melissa A. Vitale
No ISBN $5.99 www.sandalrella.com

Darleen Wohlfeil
Reviewer

If you ever sit wondering what's going on in the mind of your teenage daughter, here's a book for you. Hang on, it's quite a ride. The pace is quick, the dialogue creative, and the points well made. High school can be tough, and girls can be tougher. Though the tone is witty and sharp, some really good thoughts and feelings are conveyed. Truly a voice to be heard. (Ages 13+)


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